Westfield Friends, Ruritans holding fundraiser for local resident

Dean Palmer - Special to the News


Members of Westfield Friends Meeting will be joining with the Westfield Ruritan Club Saturday morning from 7 to 11 in a collaborative effort to help a member of their community who is experiencing need.

The church and civic organization will work together to host a benefit breakfast, bake sale and silent auction for longtime Westfield resident Beverly Stephens. A mother of two teenage children, Stephens has been experiencing uncontrolled seizures and has been out of work since February.

The donations-only meal will feature ham or sausage along with homemade biscuits, gravy, baked apples and coffee, juice or soft drink.

A bake sale will feature the specialties of top bakers from both groups, including cakes, pies, fried apple pies and other treats.

The silent auction portion of the morning will see bids taken throughout on a variety of crafts and donated items.

According to Westfield Ruritan Secretary Frank Meyer, all proceeds from the morning will go toward helping Stephens with bills and medical expenses.

“This is definitely a neighbor who needs some help,” Ruritan Alice Arrington noted, “and we’re glad to have the opportunity to join with Westfield Friends to do this.”

“Christians help one another,” explained Westfield Friends Meeting member Mary Nunn, “and what better way to minister to someone than through a benefit like this.”

Meyer said the benefit fits well within the Westfield Ruritans’ three primary purposes. He described those as maintaining its community building and keeping it available for residents as well as hosting an annual Memorial Day observance for the community.

The third noted purpose was to periodically host fundraising events to help those in the community with need or to raise funds for the club’s annual scholarship. Each year the Westfield Ruritan Club provides a Surry Community College scholarship to a selected student from a Surry County high school, with an emphasis on students from East Surry High School and from the Westfield area. Contingent upon academic performance, the scholarship may provide funding for two years.

“One of the things we do is to help people,” Meyer said, “and that’s what will be taking place Saturday morning.”

The event will be held at the Westfield Community Building, located at 6631 Westfield Road (Highway 89), across from the Westfield Post Office.


Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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