TAYLOR COUNTY—Bartlett Funeral Home and All Pets Cremation are spreading the wealth after they were named a winner of a random drawing.
In an effort to show the appreciation of the trust placed in their business in helping families during one of their hardest times, Crescent Memorial decided to hold drawings to help give back to their loyal customers.
“Each month, we will draw one of our top 200 customers and give $10,000 in honor of them and their funeral home(s) to the charity of their choice,” stated a release by Crescent Memorial.
This month, David Bolyard, Bartlett Funeral Home and Crematory Owner and Funeral Director was the lucky recipient of a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choosing. And when it came to the selection of his charity, Bolyard wanted to spread the wealth.
On Tuesday, members of the Taylor County Honor Guard and Brenda Gerkin from the Taylor County Humane Society visited Bartlett Funeral Home and were presented with donation checks.
In addition, checks were presented to Honor Guards and Humane Societies in Harrison and Preston Counties, as Bolyard owns funeral homes in those locations, as well, and shared that he wanted to give back to those communities, too.
“The Honor Guard was selected because they help us out by performing services for us at the National Cemetery,” Bolyard said. “We know that the local Honor Guard has a lot of expenses associated with their services, so we wanted to help out just a little.”
On behalf of the Taylor County Honor Guard, Randy Jennings accepted a donation check in the amount of $2,500.
“I think that being considered for this donation is just remarkable, and we dearly appreciate it,” Jennings commented. “David and Bartlett Funeral Home have been big supporters of the Taylor County Honor Guard. They are always there when we need them.”
He reported that the funds would be used to help cover expenses that the guard incurres, sharing that the only income the group has is that of donations or the money they expend personally.
Honor Guard member Trenton Pauley shared that he too was thrilled with the donation, but noted the group would like to have some additional members to share the wealth with.
“Our numbers have dwindled drastically, and we would love to have some folks come aboard,” he voiced.
When it came to the selection of the Taylor County Humane Society, Bolyard said it was an easy choice that just made sense.
“Because we have All Pets Cremation among our services, we felt that giving back to the animals in Taylor County was a great thing to do,” Bolyard expressed.
Gerkin voiced that she was excited to receive the $1,000 donation, sharing that the society will put it to use for spay and neuter efforts.
“When they came out and said they had $1,000 for us I thought ‘Wahoo!,’ because we always need it,” she exclaimed. “This money will be split between the cats and dogs for our population control efforts. We want to use this money to pay it forward and try to help others out, too.”