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Looking like they stepped off the set of the popular MASH TV series, from left to right, Sandy Minter, Judy Batton, and Patti and Ben Benda stand next to a replica of the famous directional sign from the show. The group attended the MASH Bash Saturday benefitting the Red Cross.

What do Hawkeye, Radar and Hotlips Houlihan have to do with local home fire victims?  

Well, this past Saturday night, quite a bit.

The Cherokee County Chapter of the American Red Cross held its First Annual “M.A.S.H. Bash” Fundraiser at the Lake Jacksonville home of O.H. and Judy Seamands on Saturday.  

About 150 people donned Korean camo, field jackets and even a bathrobe and combat boots to raise more than $7,500 for home fire victims in Cherokee County.  

Guests were greeted by a M.A.S.H. ambulance and the show’s trademark directional sign.  

A variety of foods were set up under army tents.  Far from K-rations, the fare was provided by local restaurants including Jalapeno Tree, Dairy Queen (S. Jackson), Chili’s of Jacksonville, Posado’s and Sadler’s Kitchen.  

Sponsors of the event were:  Jacksonville Title Company, Bill McRae Ford, Cherokeean Herald, KWRW-FM/KTLU-AM, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Citizens First Bank, East Texas Medical Center, Porter Pharmacy, Woodmen of the World, Porter Pharmacy, Southside Bank, Jacksonville Kiwanis Club, Chapman Pharmacy, Prosperity Bank, Moak and Kessler Attorneys, Pearman Motor Company Alto, Roland Brown,  Austin Bank, Creative Graphics and Boogie Butt Productions.

Last year, the American Red Cross helped 70 people in Cherokee County who were devastated by single-family house fires.  

Funds raised from this event will help offset the resources needed to provide this emergency relief .  

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters.   

Donations are still being accepted.  Mail contributions to Smith County American Red Cross, P.O. Box 8588, Tyler, TX  75711.  Be sure to mark checks “Cherokee County”.  

The Red Cross depends on donations and volunteers to provide emergency services.  

For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join the blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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