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Benefit for funeral expenses

A benefit will be held Saturday at Goose Creek Market and Pub for an area woman whose son recently passed away from cancer.

Benefit Organizer Kristin Dennis said Vicki Clifton’s son, Randal “Randy” Stark, had been battling cancer for some time. She is a cook on the market side of the business and they really want to help her.

“He was in his 30s and it doesn’t matter how old they are, it’s never easy,” said Dennis. “From what I understand she had to borrow the money in order to have the service, but now she has to pay it back. So we decided to do what we could to help offset that cost for her.”

Clifton said her son had cancer for two years before he was aware of it. He thought it was a hernia and by the time he found out it was in stage 4 and had progressed to his abdomen, lungs and brain.

“The doctors (did a surgery) and were (also) able to shrink the masses in his abdomen and brain, but the mass in his lung kept progressing,” said Clifton. “All of this lasted about nine months after he was diagnosed.”

Dennis said the event is Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Goose Creek Market and Pub located at 6161 Office Rd.

“We have some stuff to be auctioned off. There will be a 50/50 raffle and there will be a chili and wing cook-off,” said Dennis. “For the cook-off anyone can show up that day to participate. They can prepare it prior and bring it in a Crock-Pot or warmer.”

She added they will have prizes for the winner. There is no fee to enter the cook-off, and their plan is to charge for the food.

“Everyone who brings chili will sell it for $2 a bowl and the proceeds will go towards the benefit,” said Dennis. “Anyone who wants to buy the food will help to make money for her. This is my first benefit and I am trying to figure everything out.”

Dennis said they have several items for the raffle that people have promised to bring in on the day of the event.

“So far we have a few items. One thing I have, a friend made, is a handmade wooden stand for a cooler, some big outdoor rocking chairs, and there are quite a few baskets,” said Dennis. “There is supposed to be quite a bit of stuff and I hope everyone brings what they said they will bring.”

She added they have a Scentsy basket, Avon basket, and a fishing basket with a chair, cooler, pole and tackle box.

“We have gift certificates from local restaurants, outdoor chairs that are being raffled. There is an adult beverage basket and there will, of course, be lots of other things,” said Dennis. “I just don’t have a list of what all everyone is bringing.

“We know it is St. Patrick’s Day, but we hope everyone gets the word about it and come out to support this benefit. It’s for families of all ages, kids are welcome to come and enjoy the day, too.”

“We are still in need of donations and we would appreciate anything we can get,” said Dennis. “The pub will be donating some stuff, but we can’t have enough plates, bowls, napkins, etc.”

The organizers will have a list of all business that donated clearly displayed at the benefit.

Anyone or any business who would like to donate something toward the benefit to be either raffled off or used for the benefit can call Goose Creek Market & Pub 573-358-5672 and provide their information. Dennis or someone she works with will come and pick up donated items.

Randal “Randy” Stark, left, pictured with his son Randal, recently passed away from cancer and a benefit is being held to help pay for his funeral expenses.

Randal “Randy” Stark, left, pictured with his son Randal, recently passed away from cancer and a benefit is being held to help pay for his funeral expenses.

A handmade wooden cooler stand will be raffled/auctioned off at the benefit this weekend.

A handmade wooden cooler stand will be raffled/auctioned off at the benefit this weekend.

Randy Stark left two children behind: Kaylee, 15, and Randal, 14. 

Randy Stark left two children behind: Kaylee, 15, and Randal, 14. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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