Fundraiser benefits sheriff support services


by Cynthia Price

People often assume that all of the services offered by the Muskegon County Sheriff Department come from taxpayer funds, but there are several that need additional support – or even some which are entirely supported by donations.

“Death notification and victim services, lost children and elderly persons, recovering lost bodies and searching large areas for drugs or missing persons are just a few of the functions that our Support Services provide,” says the Facebook page for the second annual $10,000 Support Services Spectacular. It was held last Saturday at the beautiful Hampton Green Farm, whose main business is raising horses.

Those services include the Victim Services Unit, the Mounted Division, K9 Program, Dive Team, and Jail Chaplain Services.

The way the fundraiser works is that only 200 tickets at $100 each are sold. At the end of the event, someone wins half of the proceeds, or $10,000. This year, there were two winners who split it.

Attendees also receive a fabulous dinner catered by the Hearthstone, and entertainment, and there is also a silent auction.

“The event was very well attended,” commented Nancy Smith of the Mounted Division, who notes that some of the services are performed by volunteers.