Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

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Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

Cullman Special Needs Community = BIG Winners

Elvis, Spider-Man and several area musical acts were the featured attractions at the Cullman County Sheriffs Office Special Needs Fundraiser Hosted By Walmart on Friday and Saturday.

This two-day, 12-hour double shift event was staffed by deputies with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and police officers with the Cullman Police Department (CPD).

Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

The occasion was designed to draw awareness to (and generate donations) for the Special Needs community in Cullman. This is an annual event which is quickly becoming a tradition. This year, it was held on Friday (March 10th) and Saturday (March 11th) at the Walmart Supercenter on Olive Street SW.

100% of all monies raised will go to the well-attended and very touching ‘Cullman Area Special Needs Track & Field Day’ to be held at Oliver Woodard Stadium with a tentative date of Friday, April 21st.

Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

Lieutenant Rebekah Cash of CCSO was the money woman for this event. She put in two very long days with the responsibility of retrieving, sorting, counting, accounting and depositing pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and paper money donated by hundreds of generous Walmart shoppers. As the IT Specialist at CCSO, she also had to ensure all sheriff’s office technology remained fully operational simultaneously.

How is that possible? Who knows … but she did it.

Lieutenant Rex Sorrow of CCSO spearheaded this marathon fundraising event for the Cullman Special Needs community members. He organized the event, acted as the booking agent for the talent and spent much of his two 12+ hour shifts firmly standing on the concrete  in the front entrances of Walmart with a donation bucket in hand and smile on his face throughout:

“It is ALL about the kids and adults with Special Needs in Cullman.

Every law enforcement officers volunteering are here by their personal choice; there was no ‘required attendance’. They genuinely support and have deep empathy for the cause. And what a great cause!

And the Walmart shoppers have been fantastically generous on both days. The outpouring of support for Special Needs in Cullman by the citizens is truly, truly special. Even folks who couldn’t really afford a thing stopped by and gave what they could … every penny helps.”

Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

At this event hosted by Walmart, attendees were able to:

• Meet Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers in friendly social setting

• See the sophisticated Mobile Command Unit utilized at crime scenes

• Experience a variety of law enforcement apparatus

• Sit inside of a daily use police cruiser

• Be entertained by pep, bluegrass, country, gospel and string bands

• Mid-day Saturday guests got more than they bargained for with singing and dancing by both Elvis and Spider-Man.

Couldn’t attend, but you’d still like to donate and/or help Cullman Special Needs? Call Lt. Rex Sorrow 256-735-3957.

Elvis Spider-Man Headline Cullman Law Enforcement Special Needs Fundraiser

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