POMEROY — Three Meigs County Sheriffs came together on Tuesday to kick off the newest fundraiser for the “Loyalty is Forever” fund which is used for Shop with a Cop and other programs.
Current Sheriff Keith Wood and former sheriffs Robert E. Beegle and Ralph Trussell conducted a signing of the new Cat’s Meow building, which depicts the Meigs County Jail/Sheriff’s Office.
The back of the Cat’s Meow tells the history of the building as researched by Lorna Hart, as well as providing information on Otis the cat, who is shown on the building steps.
Beegle, Trussell and Wood signed 25 of the buildings to be sold as part of the fundraiser. In addition, there are 75 unsigned buildings.
After the signing, the three sheriffs took time to talk about their shared experiences as sheriff of Meigs County.
“It means a lot to sit here with you,” said Wood looking at his fellow sheriffs.
Wood said he appreciated the advice given by both men as he has spent his time in office, while Trussell added that he was glad they had given him something to learn from.
Sheriff is not an easy job, with Beegle stating that “you can’t do anything right,” as someone will always disapprove of a decision.
In addition to the Cat’s Meow fundraiser, it is time for the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Thirty-One and Basket Games.
The Loyalty is Forever fundraising team is working to organize the fourth annual event to be held on Dec. 7 at the Syracuse Community Center.
This year the games will include over $3,300 in games and prizes. Funds raised in the past have benefited the K-9 Fundraiser, Kid Safe ID Program, Life Alert and Shop with a Cop.
According to a news release, Loyalty is Forever is a non-profit that has repeatedly partnered with local law enforcement “primarily because they believe in the Sheriff, his department, and the progress that has been recognized in our county.”
Each game will include a Longaberger basket and Thirty-One prize. There will be raffle items and door prizes.
Basket sponsors are still needed for the event.
For questions or to donate call Tina Richards are 740-416-9073 or Lori Miller at 740-331-0394.
Tickets for the Ugly Sweater Games may be purchased at the Pomeroy and Tuppers Plains locations of Farmers Bank or from Sarah Allen at Racine Home National Bank.
The Cat’s Meows can be purchased by calling Betsy at 740-416-4255 and will be available at the Ugly Sweater Games on Dec. 7. The signed Cat’sMeows are available for $30, while the unsigned are $20.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.
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