Christmas Fundraiser for Randy Johnson Memorial Fund to be held in Atlanta

by Benjamin C. Nelson

Atlanta, MO – On December 11th, there will be a “Christmas in the Park” fundraiser for the Randy Johnson Memorial Fund at the Atterberry Park in Atlanta, Missouri. The event will run from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event includes a hot meal, sleigh rides, children’s games, kids shopping center, mailbox for Santa, Johnson’s Jail, Memory Tree, Complimentary Cookies, Homemade Christmas Candy, Christmas Lantern Decorating Contest, Pie Auction, Hot Drinks, Cake Walk, Warm Fire, Door Prizes, and of course, an appearance by the iconic holiday duo, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

All proceeds of this event will go directly to the Randy Johnson Memorial Fund. “The Randy Johnson Memorial Fund was established in 2002 after Randy lost his battle with brain cancer. This fund provides monetary support to Macon county cancer fighters. The criteria for assistance is you must live in Macon county and have a diagnosis of cancer. Since 2002, the RJM fund has donated approximately $250,000! This fund is a 501-(c) organization. (non-profit) Annual fundraisers are held to raise money so continued support can be provided.” – Randy Johnson Memorial Facebook Page.

Mae Graham and Sarah Grinder have put the event together. “When my brother died of cancer in 2012 I was in awe and so thankful for what the Rand Johnson Memorial Fund did for those who have so much more on their minds than to worry about how to get to their treatments. My sister and I have thought of different events since that time and none felt "right". A few months ago, Christmas in the Park just kept coming into my mind. Atlanta used to have one but they quit and I kept thinking we could pick it back up and use it for the good of Macon County. We have named the different events after the family members we have lost and two that have survived.” – Mae Graham