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Fundraiser benefits Kimberling City K9 officers

On Sunday, June 9, the Elks Lodge in Kimberling City was filled to capacity with friends and supporters of the Kimberling City Police Department, as the Veterans of the Ozarks teamed up with Elks Lodge 2505 for a K9 Officer Fundraising Event.


Kimberling City police officers added new meaning to their commitment to serve, as they carried picnic-style chicken dinners to trivia teams at tables sponsored by area businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. Following dinner, Police Chief Todd Lemoine gave an overview of the K9 Officer Program, and then K9 Officers Sig and Zesta were given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills.


A game of police-themed trivia by Lindsey Hajlek consisted of five rounds plus bonus rounds, with prizes for first, second and third place, courtesy of the Elks. There were also some great raffle, live auction and silent auction items, thanks to generous donors and sponsors. Veterans of the Ozarks wrapped up the evening with a special presentation of a handcrafted wall hanging to Chief Lemoine.


Both Chief Lemoine and VOTO President “Mac” McAllister said they were grateful for the many supporters and volunteers, as well as the amazing turnout. Over $9,000 was raised to help with veterinary care, feeding and training for the K9 officers.


Veterans of the Ozarks officers said plans are in process to make the K9 fundraiser an annual event, for ongoing support of the program’s valuable contributions to the police force and the community. Follow Veterans of the Ozarks and the Kimberling City Police Department on Facebook as details are developed and to stay up to date on other community events.

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