From left: Linda Miller, Kristen Peace, Sheila Harris, Kerry West, Brandi Riggs, Debbie Daw, Bobby Daw, Alease Copelin, and Lisa McAdams.
March 5, 2021 - The 50 Women of Impact's first quarter donation of 2021 was awarded to the Shelby County Exposition Center/Jim Booth Arena! The winner was announced February 26th and once all the donations had been tallied, the grand total wrangled in was a whopping $11,100.
The check was presented to Shelby County Expo representatives Bobby Daw, Debbie Daw, Kerry West, and Brandi Riggs. The rodeo arena has been seeing some big changes including the most noticeable being the removal of the old and dangerous bleachers and installation of raised aluminum stands. The group working to improve the arena have remodeled the concession stands, repaired lighting, painted, and done needed dirt work. The year 2020 caused many events to be canceled and the Shelby County Exposition Center used the time to make much needed changes.
2021 is off to a great start with events already on the calendar; the most recent event was the Shelby County 4-H County Show held on February 27th. Upcoming events are March 6th Bull Riding hosted by Stillwater Cowboy Church, March 9th Circus of Stars, March 20th Shelby County Expo Playday, and April 23-24th Chamber of Commerce BBQ Cookoff.
The group plans to use the donation to help continue improving the facility and to keep it available to the community for use. To the group of volunteers working on the Expo, the increased use of an up-to-date, viable, well-maintained facility by organizations and Shelby County residents is the ultimate measure of success.
The 50 Women of Impact gives thanks to The Sign Shop and Beverly Bush Slatter for the donation of the big check.
Since the group began in 2017, the group has donated a total of $142,900.