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Outpouring of support shown for Mt. Vernon Mayor Sue Horn

Well-wishers show support at benefit dinner and auction.
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Published on August 26, 2014 9:18AM

Good friends, Lori Garrison and Sue Horn hug and chat at the benefit dinner.

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Good friends, Lori Garrison and Sue Horn hug and chat at the benefit dinner.

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Taylor Hunt, a 4-H volunteer, helps serve the crowd at the benefit dinner. Lined up for the meal are Eli McKern of La Grande, left, Cooper Volle of Hines, Sandy Volle of Burns, Ty and Stephanie Volle of Hines.

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Taylor Hunt, a 4-H volunteer, helps serve the crowd at the benefit dinner. Lined up for the meal are Eli McKern of La Grande, left, Cooper Volle of Hines, Sandy Volle of Burns, Ty and Stephanie Volle of Hines.

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Organizer Heather Rookstool points to a bidder during the dessert auction as Camryn Volle holds a pie up high.

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Organizer Heather Rookstool points to a bidder during the dessert auction as Camryn Volle holds a pie up high.

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Bryan Cates of Mt. Vernon bids on a jar of pickles canned by Brenda Stinnett during the silent auction. Behind him are Megan Sherman, left, and Laramie Horn.

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Bryan Cates of Mt. Vernon bids on a jar of pickles canned by Brenda Stinnett during the silent auction. Behind him are Megan Sherman, left, and Laramie Horn.

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Several 4-H youth were on hand to help at Saturday’s benefit dinner, including Whitney McClellan, left, Fallon Weaver, Jeannie McCarthy, Macy Strong, and Paige Weaver, helping with the dessert auction.

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Several 4-H youth were on hand to help at Saturday’s benefit dinner, including Whitney McClellan, left, Fallon Weaver, Jeannie McCarthy, Macy Strong, and Paige Weaver, helping with the dessert auction.

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Sue Horn visits with her former employer Jess Fitzhugh of Lostine, owner of Tidewater Contractors.

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Sue Horn visits with her former employer Jess Fitzhugh of Lostine, owner of Tidewater Contractors.

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Sue Horn Benefit Dinner

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Auctioneer at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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Auctioneer at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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The crowd at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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The crowd at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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Wade Cates has tickets for an antique quilt drawing ready for John La Liberte at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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Wade Cates has tickets for an antique quilt drawing ready for John La Liberte at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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Sue Horn, left, visits with friends.

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Sue Horn, left, visits with friends.

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Sue Horn and her family members at the benefit dinner.

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Sue Horn and her family members at the benefit dinner.

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Zeke Rookstool enjoys a soft taco at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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Zeke Rookstool enjoys a soft taco at the Sue Horn Benefit Dinner.

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Zoey Rookstool with her great-grandma Nicky Essex bid on a dessert at the benefit dinner.

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Zoey Rookstool with her great-grandma Nicky Essex bid on a dessert at the benefit dinner.

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JOHN DAY – A benefit dinner held for Mt. Vernon Mayor Sue Horn last Saturday was marked by generosity, smiles, tears, and lots of hugs from the guest of honor.

Proceeds from the fund-raisers, approximately $22,000, will help with Horn’s medical expenses as she battles an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Estimating the attendance, organizer Heather Rookstool of John Day said they served enough tacos to feed 700 people.

“The turnout was amazing,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed by how supportive the community is. We may live in a rural community that doesn’t have a ton of money, but everyone always tries to give at these kinds of events.”

Horn and her husband Steve attended the event, along with about 350 other relatives from as far away as Montana. The Horns have six children: Heath Horn, Stephanie Volle, Tara Fischer, Nicki Cagley, Laramie Horn and Sterling Horn.

Sue mingled during a portion of the dinner, walking around to share a hug and visit with many of those attending.

“Sue said that she had so much gratitude in her heart for everyone being there, and she couldn’t say thank you enough,” she said.

There were 184 items donated for the silent auction, and 31 desserts were auctioned off by Tom Craig of Coos Bay, Sue’s brother-in-law.

Among the highly prized items up for bid were a pecan-praline cheesecake made by Georgia Boethin, which went to a high bidder for $210, and a bottle of home-canned pickles made by Brenda Stinnett, which went for $100.

Darla Derrick won an antique quilt in a drawing that brought in $3,000.

Cade Milton won a poker run held earlier that day, donating his winnings back. The event raised $600.

Rookstool expressed appreciation for the volunteers, and the restaurants, other businesses and individuals who donated food and other items for the event.

She said that Sue, who is like an aunt to her, had two surgical procedures on her brain in the last month, including removal of the temporal lobe, and will have chemotherapy and radiation treatment for six weeks starting Wednesday in Bend.

“Sue’s always the one who does for everyone else,” she said. “Every time we’ve had a benefit, she’s always the first one to help.

“It was hard for her to be on the receiving end instead of the giving end,” she added. “With what’s going on, we all feel pretty helpless, so this is one way of letting her know what she means to this community.”



































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