St. Jude benefit raises more than $23K

Staff Report

RUTLAND — Final totals are in from September’s annual St. Jude Trail Ride at the Dill Farm, with more than $23,000 collected.

The grand total of $23,345 for the 2017 ride brings the total over the 22 trail rides to more than $270,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 2017 total is more than $4,000 over the 2016 total of $18,836.

“We are now over $270,000 total. It’s so hard to believe. We give a big thank you to everyone that has helped out in any way, and praise the Lord for 22 great years. We hope many more,” said organizer Isabel Dill.

Around 200 people, including riders and volunteers, took part in the 2017 trail ride.

The trail ride takes place the third Saturday in September each year at the family’s property off Beech Grove Road near Rutland.

Top fundraisers for the 22nd annual Trail Ride were Debbie Lewis, Carl Ball, Jerry Smathers and Patrisa Vaughan, said Dill.

In addition to a number of raffle items, 165 door prizes were handed out to those in attendance. Items were donated by riders

”We all have so much to be Thankful for we are so blessed that we are able to help out all the kids at St. Jude,” said Dill.

The 23rd annual St. Jude Trail Ride at the Dill Farm will be held on Sept. 15.

Staff Report