In honor of Darrell Campbell, the former Sweetwater Police officer who was shot in the head in July 2011, while on duty with the Snyder Police Department, the Sweetwater Police Patrol Association and Sweetwater Elks Lodge have joined forces to host a benefit for the Campbell Family. The lunch, dinner, auction and dance benefit will be held in Sweetwater on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Sweetwater Elks Lodge. A brisket lunch is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a brisket dinner at 6 p.m. A live auction will be held at 7 p.m. and a DJ dance will follow. Jimmy and Elaine Curtis are donating the DJ service. Southern Circus will also provide live music for the event. Brisket plates include a homemade dessert, peach cobbler made by Jennifer Cunningham and drink. Lunch will be $8 per person and dinner, auction and dance will be $10 per person. Dance only is $5 per person. Lunch plates can be delivered to Sweetwater and Roscoe that Saturday. Those wishing to receive delivery may begin calling the Sweetwater Elks Lodge on Friday evening and Saturday morning at 235-2633.
Many have donated to the benefit including briskets donated by individual members of the Sweetwater Elks Lodge, Sweetwater Police Department and District Attorney's Office. The Sweetwater Firefighters Association donated drinks for the delivery meals. The Sweetwater Elks Lodge donated their facilities for the event and were extremely instrumental in putting the benefit together, according to members of the SPPA.
Cash donations have also been made towards the benefit from CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas), the Sweetwater Jaycees/Roosters, Stanley Ford, AES Wind Generation, Pickrell Wrecker Services, L.R. Sells and Son scrap iron, Midwest Finance, Richard and Linda Posey and Tom and Jo Henderson of Blue Goose Ranch. Those wishing to make a cash donation may send to Darrell Campbell Benefit c/o Sweetwater Police Patrol Association, P.O. Box 1034, Sweetwater, TX 79556. Please specify that the donation is for the Darrell Campbell fundraiser.
As part of the benefit, a live auction will take place with Brodie Harris, auctioneer from Colorado City. Many items have been donated towards the auction including ten $20 gift cards from 7-11 convenience stores, a gift certificate for a full body massage from Isabella's Massage, three one month memberships from Anytime Fitness, a Sweetwater Mustangs lady's gift set from the Flower Box, Ed Hardy brand lady's perfume and bag and a Jockey brand men's lunch bag from Bealls, a camouflage cooler on wheels from Nancy Jones, a gift certificate for a full set of nails from Nails Creation, a 7.5 foot ballroom pool table from Harp Vending, a mini shop vac and plier set in a bag from Higginbotham-Bartlett, a one night stay in the presidential/executive suite from Holiday Inn Express, a sterling silver Harley Davidson ring from Gems and Gold Jewelry, an iPod Touch from Local Loan Pawn Shop, one three-foot party sub from Subway, 1/5 bottle of Crown Royal bourbon from Longhorn Liquor,1/5 bottle of Grey Goose vodka from Jack's Liquor, a car battery charger from Napa Auto Parts, two pairs of women's fashion boots from Maloney's Pharmacy, a Kenmore brand stainless steel microwave from Sears, a handmade quilt from Connie Moore, one single membership and one family membership from Abilene indoor gun range, a stadium seat, laptop bag and an insulated bag from S.L.J Embroidery, homemade desserts from Jennifer Cuningham, jewelry from Pattie Soles, a decorative arrangement from Bee's Décor, a handmade wooden cross from Cross Country Originals, two free rounds of golf from the Sweetwater Municipal Golf Course, handmade leather goods from DT Sorrells Saddlery, hybrid golf club (2 iron x2) from Shade Tree Golf, four free rounds of golf with golf cart and cap from the Sweetwater Country Club golf course, two golf clubs from an anonymous donor, two crosses from Wayne Thompson, a Texas Longhorn, Seal of Texas disc, Winchester tin sign and police tin sign from Teresa Garrett, T-shirts and jewelry from Vicki Lee, a handmade cutting board from Acey and Julie Hurn, a cross cut paper shredder from Advantage Office Supply, a metal grasshopper from Lati's Pottery Pig and an extra large metal cross picture in a shadow box frame from Joe and Lola Fortin. Those wishing to donate items for the auction may contact the Sweetwater Police Department at 236-6686.
"We still consider Darrell part of our family here at the Sweetwater Police Department," said Sweetwater police detective Lance Richburg. "He put his life on the line and protected the streets of Sweetwater for seven years and he is very deserving of the community's support."
All proceeds from the benefit will go to Darrell and Amber Campbell and their five children. It is hoped that Cpl. Campbell will be able to attend the lunch portion of the benefit.