Fundraisers set to benefit county dispatcher

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Two fundraiser events to help pay medical costs for a county dispatcher and volunteer are being held Saturday, April 12.

Crawford County employees have organized a 5k run and chili supper to raise money for Steve Gann, chief communications officer for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Gann suffers from liver cancer and proceeds from the events will go to help with medical expenses not covered by his insurance, said Tammie Dahlem with the CCSD.

“He was diagnosed in February, but he’s been sick for a while,” Dahlem said.

Gann also has served as the chief deputy of the Crawford County Department of Emergency Management, president of Crawford County Search and Rescue and the coordinator of the Crawford County Storm Spotters.

A 5k run-1 mile walk and 1 mile kids fun run will be held in the Mike Meyer Riverfront Park beginning at 8 a.m. April 12.

Registration is at 7 a.m., and entry fees are $20 for the run-walk and $5 for the fun run. The first 50 adults to enter will receive a free T-shirt.

Certificates will be awarded to the winners in lieu of prizes so that “we can give more to Steve,” Dahlem said.

A benefit chili supper, pie auction, live auction and silent auction will be held that same night at 6 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Van Buren.

Baked goods and other donated items will be auctioned at the event, including some large items such as guns, a recliner, two beds and a sewing machine, Dahlem said.

Admission is $5, and free for children 10 and under.

To donate items for the auctions, or for more information on either event, contact Dahlem at (479) 651-2851. Money donations also can be made to the Gann fundraiser account at Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

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