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Award Recipients Announced in the 2020 “Help a Child” Benefit

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Each Autumn since 2007, Wade Bartley has organized the local Help a Child Benefit, designed to raise funds for important non-profit organizations which help children. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center both provide important services in helping children who are disadvantaged due to circumstances beyond their control. Among those services are legal assistance for children who have suffered physical or psychological abuse, and medical assistance for those with birth defects or disabling injuries. Over the years, Wade’s annual event also has become a family project. His grandson Jarrett Bartley, a Senior in the Rains ISD FFA Chapter, assisted his grandfather during Saturday’s auction and awards. Wade’s Arkansas cousin, Wayne Bartley makes an impact each year by bringing his cooking wagon and preparing quantities of dutch oven peach cobbler as a sweet treat for everyone attending. Wayne’s son-in-law Larry Rose of Oklahoma also comes along to assist with the cooking for the Help a Child Benefit. The Lake Country Tractor Club also lent their support by putting on an exciting tractor pull inside the arena. Total moneys raised for 2020 will be announced, as donations are still being accepted by check. To donate, please mail to: Wade Bartley, 161 CR 3513, Dike, Texas 75437

Jarrett Bartley w Crawfish Table project, Rains ISD FFA Chapter

Each year, a family who opens their home to children in need is selected for recognition. Eric and Savannah Christian of Rains county are the recipients of the 2020 Foster Parents of the Year recognition. This young Emory couple has fostered nine children so far, and are adoptive parents of three children.

Eric and Savanna Christian ‘Foster Family 2020’

Here are the winners at this year’s “Help a Child”Benefit

WINNER OF THE RAFFLE PRIZE: Mark Fields, 4 Wheeler and Trailer


Robert Cash, 1st Place Chili


SECOND PLACE CHILI: Michael Bowen and Como Pickton FFA Chapter

THIRD PLACE CHILI: Donnie Powers and Chris Penny, SS Professional Fire Fighters Association

Donnie Powers, Chris Penny of SS Professional Firefighters
Como Pickton FFA Cooking Team

FIRST PLACE BEANS: Wayne Bartley and Larry Rose

Barley and Rose team also Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler cooks


1st Place Winners of Ag Mechanics Show, Como Pickton FFA Chapter members shown:
Baylee Bowen, Katie Morgan, Kara Tiffts, Leslie Galvan were also Second Place Chili Winners



HONORABLE MENTION: Sulphur Springs Construction Class

L to R William Sallee, KC DelCampo and Parker Dyer of Miller Grove FFA Chapter

According to Wade, “this annual event is to help improve the lives of children who have been impacted by negative circumstances beyond their control, and to hopefully help give them a chance at a more positive start in life. Thanks to everyone who assisted in every way, from sponsoring to physical labor and with promoting the cause. It is a community effort”.

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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