Rescue squad media auction slated for May 4 -6
SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County Rescue Squad is now accepting donations for the 37th Annual Media Auction, slated for May 4, 5 and 6.
The Magoffin County Rescue Squad is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency aid and rescue to the people of Magoffin County. In August they will celebrate 43 years of service in Magoffin County.
"Without community support, we would not be here," Captain Carter Conley. "We appreciate all the donations from the public and businesses. This is our biggest fundraiser and this tells us how we're going to be able to service the county. The money raised during this event will pay for maintenance, insurance, supplies - everything goes up, but we hope to be able to keep providing quality service."
Last year, the Rescue Squad was able to raise over $21,000 at the media auction, which Conley said is approximately 55 percent of their budget, but he hopes to get enough to cover their operating costs at least until after Community Day funds come in. The Rescue Squad receives funding from the annual auction, Community Day, individual donations and the Magoffin County Fiscal Court. With most of the vehicles well over 10 years old and constant needed repairs, Conley said this money is crucial to continue providing their services to the community.
For the year of 2016, the Magoffin County Rescue Squad answered 310 rescue calls, providing 27,485 man hours - all volunteer - and logging 1,608 hours in training time.
May 4, 5 and 6, the Magoffin County Rescue Squad will be conducting the 37th Annual Media Auction, which will be covered by the WRLV radio station, 106.5 FM, Howard's Cable Channel 15, and the local newspaper, the Salyersville Independent. On May 4 and 5, the auction will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on May 6 it will run from 2 to 7 p.m. The Rescue Squad is dependent upon the money raised during this radio, TV and newspaper auction.
"Help us to be ready for the next call," Conley said in his letter announcing the auction. "It may involve your employee or family member. Our reward is knowing we help during a time when our services were called upon."
All donations of items, money or services are tax deductible as approved by the Internal Revenue Service No. 51-0151531.
Any and all donations will be appreciated, Conley said. To donate an item, contact the Magoffin County Rescue Squad at 345-5500 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Independent will release more information about the auction as it becomes available.