Bob Beck Benefit Brings Out Overwhelming Community Support

By: Mark Mercer – THE REPORTER

MONTPELIER. The Bob Beck Benefit, held to support Bob and his family as he fights Colon Cancer, was held November 2 in the Gillette Building at the Williams County Fairgrounds. The event brought out hundreds of members of the community in support of the Beck family and the evening was a tremendous success for all involved. It is estimated over 600 attended the fundraiser. The evening was a great demonstration of friends, family and community coming together to help the Beck family, and was a reminder of small town American values. Many in attendance were delighted at the positive turnout for the event.

Attendees at the event were treated to an evening of great food, great music and plenty of entertainment. The event included a hog roast and tables of great food, along with plenty of deserts. The highlight of the evening was an auction with over 85 donated items, along with a silent auction consisting of several tables of items up for bid. Also, throughout the evening, support bracelets and T-Shirts supporting Bobby were sold. The fundraiser also held a raffle, with over 300 tickets sold for a chance at a 12 Gauge Citori Shotgun. The raffle winner was Jim Skelton from Fremont, Indiana, who went home with a very nice reminder from the evening. All who attended and supported the Beck family were the real winners on the evening!

Bob and his wife Amy were surprised by the tremendous outpouring of support throughout the evening. The number of friends, family, and community members who showed up at the event was a wonderful demonstration of the small town virtue of friends helping friends and neighbors helping neighbors. Bobby stated “the number of people who showed up and the warm messages of support this evening is a great blessing for me and my family.” Bob’s wife Amy said after the completion of the event “I’m not sure there are words to adequately describe tonight! I can’t imagine going up against cancer alone…after seeing and feeling what friends, family and community can do, we feel invincible! We are humbled and so very thankful!”

All proceeds from tonight’s fundraiser will be donated to Bobby and his family.

Mark Mercer can be reached at

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