Good grub, music, auctions and chocolate huge hits at Pull’n, Peel’n & Pick’n

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Wayne Bowden holds this seven-week-old female chocolate lab that drew plenty of attention prior to the live auction at Saturday’s Pull’n, Peel’n & Pick’n fundraiser benefiting the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department and The Good Ole Boy Foundation. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).


DAGSBORO – Pulled pork, steamed shrimp and other home-made fixings certainly hit the spot as yummy tummy-fillers.

And chocolate stole the hearts at Saturday’s mega-fundraiser supporting the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department and The Good Ole Boy Foundation.

Upward of 800 people from Dagsboro, neighboring Sussex County communities and beyond packed the new Dagsboro VFD Station 73 for the 1st Annual Pull’n, Peel’n and Pick’n.

“A success …,” said Bryan Townsend, chairman of DVFD’s fundraising committee.

“A resounding success …,” DVFD Vice President Jason McCabe said.

“I agree with them 100 percent,” said Good Ole Boy Foundation spokesman Josh Wharton. “Once again it is another example of why we live in the best community in the world. It’s nice to see everyone come out, not only for a social event but to help two great causes.”

In addition to the all-you-can-eat feast (Showell Volunteer Fire Department prepared the shrimp and Greg Hocker/Hocker’s staff cooked the pork), attendees tuned to music by The Cruzers – and some went home with donated items as high bidders in silent and live auctions.

“We were operating on almost no budget whatsoever,” said Mr. McCabe. “Everything we have, to a point, was donated. A large proportion of what we had here was all donated.”

Items, among others, on the live auction list: a beach package, duck hunter’s dream, instant backyard fire pit and apparel from Shawn Ward Racing.

Dagsboro residents Jessica and David Cropper claimed the puppy package – the cuddly chocolate lab, kennel, insulated doghouse, cement pad and $80 veterinarian voucher – with a high bid of $2,300.

The fire department’s share of event proceeds will go toward the new building and operational costs.

The Good Ole Boy Foundation will use its share will help perpetuate the organization’s ongoing goodwill and support for those in need.

Mr. Wharton shared a recent response to married mother of three whose 9-month-old daughter has medical needs. The mother’s request via social media was to help find them a swing-set for $100 because they can’t go to the park due to the little girl’s illness.

“So we partnered up with Duke’s Lumber and we’re going to go to their house and build them a swing-set. These people are ecstatic – over a swing-set,” Mr. Wharton said.

And to top it off, $100 was donated by someone in attendance at Saturday night’s fundraiser.

“I mean it’s the little things like that, that you all are doing that gives us all of Sussex County a good name,” said Mr. Wharton.

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