Community support goes a long way to making benefits a success, and such is the case with the annual Kayla Jones scholarship run, set for Saturday.
Jones died in a car accident Dec. 26, 2007, at age 15. She was a cheerleader at Fort Dodge Senior High and a dance student from Jill's Jazz Pizazz for 11 years. She was active in the youth group at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Now, in her name, senior students at FDSH and St. Edmond High School will receive $500 scholarships.
"My husband Mark and I and Kayla's dad, Todd Jones, actually present the scholarships to the students on their class night or awards day," said Jones' mother, Heather Farrell. "It's a way to honor Kayla and help other students in the community."
The scholarship run, open to cars as well as motorcycles, will be Saturday, with registration from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Lefti's Bar and Grill, 2001 Second Ave. N.
The cost is $15 for bikers or car drivers, with $10 for riders.
Stops will be at Unkie's in Thor, One More in Renwick, Jerry's Place in Belmond, Chappy's on Main in Clarion and Carter's Caddy Shack at the golf course in Eagle Grove before coming back to Lefti's by 5:30 p.m. for dinner, a silent and live auction and music from 5:30 p.m. to midnight by deejay Rusty McNeil, of Extreme Productions in Fort Dodge.
"We've been working on this for a couple months," Farrell said. "We have the help of family and friends and businesses in the community that donate things. Everyone's so supportive."
Live auction items include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a whole hog on the hoof, a quarter beef processed and a bicycle.
Silent auction items include a basketball hoop, plus baskets worth between $150 and $200 of wine, makeup and skin care, candles and Scentsy.
"All the money comes back to the community, so that's good," Farrell said. "This isn't just for bikers or car drivers. People can come to the party at Lefti's and join in on the dinner and auction. Everything that happens at Lefti's, all proceeds go to these scholarships."
T-shirts will be sold for $15, with the front design saying 2011 Scholarship Run and the back saying "Kayla Christine Jones, her memory lives on."
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