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Benefit set for Portal resident
Portal sign

The Portal community invites the public to “A Day for Hope,” a fund raiser to help one of the town’s residents who faces challenges due to health issues.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the E.C. Carter Turpentine Still site in Portal.
Hope Bolton is known for her sunny smile and friendly professionalism as she greets customers at Lanier’s IGA and Pepperjack’s Deli, but a recent illness kept her from work for a period of time as she was hospitalized for several days.
A problem with blood platelets and a blood infection meant Bolton was unable to work. She is the mother of a young son and also cares for a disabled brother. The fund raiser is to help her with medical expenses as well as recover from earnings lost during her hospitalization, according to Stacy Bunch, one of the event organizers and Bolton’s sister.
“Hope is more of an asset to the community and a great asset to the store,” said Joey Lanier, whose family owns Lanier’s IGA grocery. “She is good with people and is one of a kind.”
Tickets for a dinner — chicken tenders and fries or a barbecue sandwich and potato salad — are $6, and available at Pepperjack’s, Lanier’s IGA, and from Portal community members Jan Haggins, Stacy Bunch and Cathy Riccio, who may be contacted via Facebook.
“She is one of our really good citizens,” said Madonna Akins, assistant manager for Pepperjack’s. “She does a lot for people and she is a very sweet person.”
Tickets for the meals will be sold until Aug. 13, and will not be available during the.” A Day for Hope” event. However, other concessions will be available that day at the Portal Turpentine Still site, where the event will unfold.
Carol Waters and her daughter Gina Waters, who are also event organizers, are seeking participants for a karaoke contest that will be one of the day’s events.
The contest will have three rounds – one for all contestants, the second for the top 10 finalists, and a third for the top five remaining finalists, Gina Waters said. The karaoke contest begins at 11 a.m., and first prize is $30. Second prize is $20.  The three judges for the event are Debbie Cartee, Johnny Martin, and Brianna Selbo.

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