The fundraising dinner benefiting the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue (SAR) Kingman Unit was held March 2 and was deemed a huge success.
More than 470 people purchased the $10 tickets for the event, which included 120 “walk-ins” who had heard of the event, but had not previously bought a ticket.
“We made more $6,100 from the fundraiser,” said Bob Boyd, the SAR member who coordinated the fajita taco dinner. “In addition to $4,720 raised through ticket sales, there were many people who collectively donated $1,381 in support of our search and rescue unit.”
Many local businesses and individuals donated 89 items that were given out as door prizes that are to be distributed to the lucky winners. They are (alphabetically): Bytes & Bits Computers; Canyon 66 Restaurant; Cerbat Chiropractic; Desert Thunder Motorsports/Victory Motorcycles; Dr. Tori Sandoval DMD, of Ridgeview Dental; Herberta Schroeder; Hilltop Hotel; Hot Rod Café; JBS Dolls & Interiors; Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic; Miracle-Ear; Mohave County Museum; Mother Road Harley-Davidson/Route 66 Motorsports; Riverview Vision Center; Stockton Hill Chiropractic; Stockton Hill Feed; Superior Tire (Golden Valley); The Standard Newspaper; Trotter’s RV; Wind Swept Images; and Innovative Stonework’s and Landscaping.
“I would like to extend a special thanks to Kingman Chophouse owners Dandi and Jesse Godinez who hosted the event and donated all of the food and services,” Boyd said. “It is nice to see local business owners and individuals feeling good enough to financially support our mission.”
All proceeds garnered from the taco dinner will be used to purchase the unit’s equipment, specialized gear and to further the members’ training.
MCSO SAR is an all-volunteer organization with approximately 100 members covering all of Mohave County. There are four SAR units – Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and the Arizona Strip, and their mission is to assist the Sheriff in serving the community by carrying out missions and other duties assigned to them by the Sheriff.
The main purpose of the SAR is to assist the MCSO in the search for lost individuals, and if needed, to rescue them. They also help in evidence searches, body recoveries, security at community events, traffic control and also provide assistance during fires and other disasters.
Since SAR is a totally volunteer organization, the members pay for many expenses out of their own pockets. Each member buys his own personal equipment and outfits his own four-wheel-drive vehicle.
SAR appreciates the monetary support it receives from corporations, small businesses, and individuals because they receive no government funding other than reimbursement for fuel costs.
Search and rescue has a Federal tax-exempt status under IRS section 501 (c) (3) and all donations are tax deductible.
For further information about the MCSO SAR, contact Kingman Unit Captain Louie Vega at (928) 530-2824 or visit the SAR’s website at http://mohavesearch.com.