Jackwax party yields record donation sum

THURMAN - Although attendance was down at this year's annual Jackwax party fundraiser this year, a matching donation by an area company has boosted the annual donations to a record level, Jackwax party organizer Helen Baker said.

The March 14 event, which centered around a traditional covered dish dinner with entrance donations going to the American Cancer Society, had a decrease of over 30 percent in attendees, but C.R. Bard Company's offer to match donations resulted in a record sum raised locally for cancer research, Helen Baker of Valley Road said.

Baker is employed at C.R. Bard.

People who wish to now boost this community effort may send their checks, made out to the American Cancer Society, to Helen Baker, 235 Balley Rd., Warrensburg 12885.

The party, which is named after the century-old taffy-like treat of maple syrup ladled over fresh snow, or Jackwax, featured mountain-born entertainment by Hod Ovitt and the North Country Ramblers.

Those Thurman residents who created and donated culinary creations deserve credit for the fundraising event's success, Baker said.

"These volunteers deserve lots of thanks," she said, expressing appreciation also to Maria and Jim Ligon, George C Honko, Rex Reynolds Jr. Paula Hubert, Wendy Davis, Kylie Baker, Marc and Cheryl Kenyon, Amanda Baker, Craig Baker, and to the maple producers who donated the syrup.

Also, to the youth connected with the Warren County Youth Court, from all over the county, who assisted with seating, serving and clean up, Baker said.

"These kids turned out to be great help," she said. "they did really good, waiting on tables, doing dishes and other work - and they had enthusiasm."

Special thanks, she said, go to the Whitefield family for their donation of a 30-pound turkey, and to Sue Shepler for cooking it, and to all the maple syrup producers in town - each of which donated a gallon of their home-crafted syrup.

Journal editor Thom Randall contributed to this report.

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