The Tim and Susan (Derrick) Trotter Cancer Benefit Auction and BBQ Dinner on April 18 in the Walnut Springs Community Center was a huge success with approximately 500 attending.

The activities started at 2 p.m. with entertainment by the Glen Rose Music Band.

Next, Mike and Dixie Dutton of Hico, Larry Cox of Cranfills Gap and Roger Trotter of Alvarado entertained the crowd with their band.

Sandra and Kay Uloth were in charge of an old-fashioned cakewalk with more than 50 of the sweet treats up for grabs.

Peggy Trotter set up a country store with lots of bargains, which had been donated by Mary Harkcom and others. Several people also received door prizes.

The Travel Plaza Exxon from Glen Rose decorated and set up a booth where baked goods were sold. Children could decorate their own cupcakes, which was a hit. Ann Rhodes of Glen Rose set up a bakery table with lots of goodies she had baked, with recipes attached.

The barbeque was cooked by Ted “Bear” Whitt and Noel “Hawg” Weber of Walnut Springs and Roger Trotter. Beans and potato salad were cooked by Deborah Anderson, Adiela Heartsill, and Virginia Clark. Sue Fowler mixed the coleslaw, which was donated by Whit’s Grocery Shak. Gloria Chappell made German potato salad. Members of the Walnut Springs Volunteer Fire Department, including Thurman and Karen Singletary and Cathy Ripley, furnished desserts and helped serve. Mickey Gibson of Walnut Springs donated Mrs. Baird’s buns.

Anonymous donors from Meridian donated a large quantity of plates, cups, napkins, plastic-ware and bread.

Kay Uloth furnished almost all of the copy paper for the flyers, and the printing was donated.

Pat Garrett and Walnut Springs ISD helped in so many ways. Brookshires of Meridian make a donation, as well as provided the groceries used for the meal at their cost. Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper companies from Waco donated drinks and Triple J of Walnut Springs donated ice.

Three items were raffled including a purple jewelry set, created and donated by Debra Calhoun, which was won by Christine Coffell of Iredell. Ila Underwood and her sister, Sandy, of Walnut Springs donated a genuine blue topaz jewelry set, and it was won by Brenda Hutchins. A large Home Interiors’ western picture was donated by Peggy Trotter of Walnut Springs, and it was won by Joe Huffman of Glen Rose.

Auctioneer Larry Jackson of Walnut Springs did a wonderful job with the first auction, which began at 4 p.m. Many beautiful, as well as unusual items, were donated from Clifton, Fort Worth, Gatesville, Glen Rose, Iredell, Jonesboro, Meridian, Waco, Walnut Springs and other places.

The Trotter Family Band played country and gospel music during the dinner.

Susan had breast cancer surgery three and a half years ago. Recently, the cancer returned with a vengeance. So far, it has caused her to have hip-replacement and arm surgery and many radiation and chemotherapy treatments. She previously spent over four weeks in MD Anderson Hospital and has now gone back for more tests and treatment.

Tim and Susan have three sons, ages seven, 12 and 14. She has a great outlook and plans to beat this cruel disease. Susan also hopes to walk in the Relay-for-Life this year.

An account has been set up for Susan Trotter at the First National Bank Bosque County, Meridian, Texas, (254) 435-6100.