By JAROD ROSEBROCK • Progress Correspondent
PAULDING – The Paulding Eagles will be the site of a benefit for Paulding resident Steve “Spock” Clark on July 19 starting at 5 p.m. Bernadette Bennett, one of the organizers of the event, says that those who attend the benefit can expect a great time of food, drinks, music, raffles and an auction, and many other fun events.
Clark has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and Bennett along with many of his friends and family are organizing the benefit to help pay for medical expenses, bills, travel expenses and other costs.
In addition to dinner prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary, beer and music, there will be items being raffled off and auctioned throughout the night. Items are still being collected, with some items going to the raffle and the biggest items going to the auction.
Some of these raffle/auction items include an oversized wooden outside locker, Vera Bradley and Thirty One bags, a fishing charter on Lake Erie, a ceiling fan, a shop vac, an outdoor rocking chair, tools, golfing items, and art by Thomas Kinkade.
There will be 50/50 raffle tickets sold throughout the night, and organizers have planned a “Spock Impersonation” competition in which all of Clark’s friends can have fun impersonating him as part of a contest.
The benefit will be an indoor and outdoor event. The Eagles facility will be open and a tent will be set up outside. There will also be T-shirts and can cozies available for purchase. The T-shirts are already being sold and can be purchased at the Paulding Red Angel restaurant or by contacting Bennett.
Bennett and Clark’s family and friends are continuously working to raise money for Clark’s medical expenses. Every Thursday, they have a bake sale, T-shirt sale, can cozie sale and raffle at the Paulding Eagles from 6-9 p.m. during karaoke. They are also looking for donations from businesses and individuals for Clark or for the event. Bennett says they have collected quite a bit of money, but they still have a lot to do in the short time they have left.
Anyone looking for more information or those wanting to donate to the cause can contact Bennett at 419-796-8571 or email@example.com. Other organizers to contact include Robin Dobbelaere or Robin Eagleson.