Gerber Lumber & Hardware to host charity raffle

Gerber Lumber & Hardware to host charity raffle

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Gerber Lumber & Hardware will hold a charity raffle on Aug. 2 in conjunction with the annual Kidron Volunteer Fire Department chicken dinner fundraiser at the Kidron Community Park.

The raffle is being held in memory of the late Eldon Gerber, former co-owner of Gerber Lumber & Hardware. Eldon and Steve Gerber sold the business to Steve Miller and Kyle Simmons in 2021. Eldon Gerber retired after the completion of the sale but passed away shortly after on Oct. 18, 2021, at the age of 75.

Eldon Gerber planned to purchase a new Jeep to enjoy traveling to see friends and family during retirement. The Gerber Lumber & Hardware team determined the best way to honor his legacy would be to give the vehicle away as part of a charity raffle.

A total of 2,000 tickets will be sold for the raffle at a price of $100 each. The raffle winner will be able to take home the Jeep or receive a $40,000 cash offer from the dealership to sell back the vehicle.

All of the proceeds from the raffle will be used to support organizations that were important to Eldon Gerber during his life. Funds raised through the raffle will go to Central American Medical Outreach, the Kidron Community Fund, Kidron Community Park, the Kidron Volunteer Fire Department and the Boy Scouts of America.

“Eldon was a Christian who always went the extra mile,” said Kathy Tschiegg, founder and executive director of CAMO USA. “When I asked him for a bid on lumber to build our mission back in 1998, he returned my call and said that he would take it upon himself to ask the companies he did business with for donations of the rafters, siding, shingles and more. In the end all the materials were donated, allowing us to really serve those in the greatest need.”

CAMO is a nondenominational Christian humanitarian organization that provides over 130,000 life-saving medical services to impoverished individuals in Central America. The organization also provides educational and community development services, partnering with professional counterparts in Honduras to further extend its reach.

The Kidron Community Fund provides charitable fundraising for local families going through hardships, as well as community activities, events and safety initiatives. The Kidron Community Park is home to a community building, recreational building, two baseball diamonds, play areas, walking paths and a picnic pavilion, serving as a community gathering place. The Boy Scouts of America has provided service, community engagement and leadership opportunities for youth since its founding in 1910.

The Gerber Lumber & Hardware team also gratefully acknowledges the willingness of the Kidron Volunteer Fire Department in holding the raffle as part of its chicken dinner fundraiser. The Firemens’ Chicken BBQ has been a community staple for over 60 years. This year the fire department plans to cook 6,000 chicken halves to meet demand.

As with previous years, drive-thru orders of chicken only will be available at Central Christian High School beginning at 3:30 p.m. Full meals will be available at Kidron Community Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. Orders will be available at both locations until the chicken has sold out. In addition to the chicken dinners, the Kidron Volunteer Fire Department plans to offer several activities from years past such as pony rides for children and live music from a local band.

Raffle tickets will be available at the Kidron Community Park, with the winner announced the Friday following the event. Tickets also can be purchased in advance through the Gerber Lumber website at Online ticket purchases will be delivered via email.