Nearly $26,000 raised for Graves Co. students in need at Christm - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Nearly $26,000 raised for Graves Co. students in need at Christmas

(Photo: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools) (Photo: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools)

The Graves County Truck and Tractor Pullers Association announced at the October Graves County Board of Education meeting that its eighth annual truck and tractor pull Aug. 15 made a profit of $25,750.

Each year the group donates the money to help underprivileged children in the Mayfield and Graves County public schools to have a merry Christmas.

Family resource and youth services centers of the individual schools rotate working concession stands at the truck pull and benefiting from profits for food and soft drinks.

Each year, those stands raise between $7,500 and $10,000, money which also benefits the Christmas project.

Friends Wooley, Ricky Wilson, Kenneth Wiggins, and Kenny Wiggins originated the project.

Numerous sponsors partner with the group through financial support.

Wooley said the cost of presenting the pull rises each year, sometimes cutting into profits.

Still, he noted, “We’re approaching [an all-time total of] $200,000. We just thank the community for supporting us and, the good Lord willing, we’ll just keep on doing it.”

Truck Pullers men and Graves County FRYSC directors are pictured here with two board members.

Those pictured include, from left, Tana Jones, Ricky Wilson, Jean Ann Miller, Larry Wooley, Kenneth Wiggins, board member Julie Moffitt, Kenny Wiggins, Kaye Horn, and board member Ronnie Holmes.

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