COUNTY FAIR: Raffle, auction to benefit child heart transplant recipient
A hog will be auctioned Saturday and a horse raffled to raise money for the medical expenses of Sierra Bingham, 6, of Haines, who received a heart transplant on Aug. 3.
Bingham will remain a patient at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University in California for six months to a year, and her family parents Jason and Stacy and two sisters, Megan, 4, and Lindsay, 2 is staying at a Ronald McDonald House.
Friends and family have been organizing fund-raisers ever since Sierra was admitted to the hospital in early July.
This Saturday, a 4-H hog raised by Mitch Sandefur, 12, will be auctioned at the end of the pig sale and all the money will go to Sierra. The auction begins at 1:30 p.m.
The pig, a Hampshire/York cross, weighed in at 287 pounds on Wednesday, which was over the weight limit for market competition.
So the Sandefur family decided to donate the pig to make money for Sierra.
"He feels like the hog's life is serving a purpose he's OK about the money," said Kristy Sandefur, Mitch's mom. "Mitch is a great kid with a big heart and a giving spirit."
She said the Sandefur family had been talking about how they could help the Bingham family.
"We feel it's a blessing for us to have an opportunity like this," she said.
Sandefur's hog can be viewed in the swine barn at the Baker County Fair. Her stall is marked with a sign that reads "Donation Hog Sierra."
The second fund-raiser is the raffle of a 9-year-old registered quarterhorse mare named "Dusty Candy" being donated by Betty and Steve Robertson.
"She's a real sweet horse, nice temperament," Betty said.
The Robertsons are moving from their home in Medical Springs and need to sell most of their 18 horses.
"Because we have so many horses, it's going to be a chore to sell them. Half are my favorite and the other half are my favorite," Betty said.
The Robertsons don't know the Bingham family.
"I just thought it'd be a really good thing to help the little girl," Betty said.
The winner of the raffle will also get the papers for the registered horse.
But Dusty Candy is part of a package deal.
These items and services will accompany the quarterhorse: a ton of hay donated by Doug and Donita Watts of Island City; two weeks of riding and training by Cameron Foster; a halter and lead rope from the Baker Animal Clinic; and trimming and shoeing by Allen Elsberry.
Ed and Melanie Trindle of Haines are boarding and feeding the horse until the raffle is over on Sept. 20.
Dusty Candy can be viewed at the Baker County Fair on Friday in the beef barn.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $20, and will be available at the Baker County Fair this week, at a barbecue fund-raiser at Albertsons on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at a yard sale on Aug. 25 and 26 at at 3420 Campbell St., starting at 8 a.m., and at a barbecue at Powder Valley School in North Powder on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets are also available by calling the Trindles at 856-3321. The winner will be drawn on Sept. 20, which is Sierra's seventh birthday.
Raffle tickets are also on sale for a half a beef, cut and wrapped, that has been donated by Seven Diamond Ranch in North Powder. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and will be available at the Baker County Fair. The winner will be drawn Aug. 14 and announced on KCMB and in the Baker City Herald.
For more information about how to help the Bingham family, call MarianneStone at 519-5621, Ashley Perkins at 898-2830, or Jennifer Carpenter at 898-2123.