Evening of Love for Dillon Porter draws widespread support
By Jim Turner

Posted on May 9, 2015 3:34 PM

The battle against cancer being waged by a popular teenager has caught the attention and support of an amazing variety of donors who want to help him and his family financially and emotionally. A special fundraiser is scheduled Saturday (tonight) at Stevenson Elementary School to help fulfill those goals.

Dillon Porter, a freshman at Russellville High School who is active in sports, music and a variety of other school activities, was diagnosed with a form of cancer in the late fall while he was just 14 years old. He has been hospitalized several time and continues to undergo an assortment of chemotherapy treatments.

Unfortunately, he won’t be able to attend tonight’s special event. According to the Crittenden Drive Church of Christ weekly newsletter, he “was admitted to Vanderbilt late Wednesday night with a fever; he might be home Sunday afternoon.” Dillon and his family are active members of the church.

Through it all he has remained positive and active. He goes to school whenever possible and has been involved in band, swimming and baseball. He has also been named Homecoming Prince for both football and basketball.

A Team Dillon Night was held at RHS during the winter with countless people wearing lime green shirts in support of Dillon and in opposition to this cancer.

“We are so thankful for the community we live in,” his mom, Polly Porter, said afterwards. “We’re thankful to the teachers and studentswho organized the ‘Green Out’ night and made it so special for our family. We’re especially grateful to the RHS Panther Band for the many ways they have encougared our family.”

The span of support at this week’s “Evening of Love for Dillon Porter and Family” is much broader. It reaches through both RHS and the Logan County School System, where many of his family members are either students or teachers.

Many of the items which are donated are from businesses that are called on for nearly every worthwhile fundraiser, but a remarkable number of the donors are individuals who have provided valuable items for the cause.

Dillon’s parents, Donnie and Polly Porter, have owned and operated Logan County Gymnastics for over two decades. They have affected the lives of countless Logan Countians, many of them now second and third generation.

His brother Derrick is a leader among students at RHS. Among his cousins are LCHS students Sierra Morrow and Jackson and Audrey Wells, Auburn student Tanner Morrow and Lewisburg student Maria Wells. One of his aunts, Joella Morrow, is a teacher at LCHS and another, Bonnie Wells, teaches at Lewisburg School. His uncle, Grayson Wells, is a former principal of Russellville Area Technology Center and is now principal of Muhlenberg South Elementary School. Donnie also works at Logan Aluminum. His brother Lance and his wife, the former Jessica Stuart, also live in Logan County.

There is a strong Dunmor/Muhlenberg County connection. The widespread Porter family is from there. Polly and her sisters—the daughters of current Logan Countians Roger and Merrie Lee Brewer—grew up there.

Two of Donnie’s Porter relatives, Susan Lynn Porter and Cynthia Porter Rogers, have been hard-working leaders of this fundraiser. So have many others, including their co-worker at Logan County Gymnastics, Becky Silvey Young, Melissa DeArmond Sitz, and Myla Thomas of the Beaver.

The evening begins with a meal, much of which has been donated. Andy Walker, minister at Crittenden Drive, will offer an invocation and thoughts about the Porters and the cause.

Many churches and denominations have contributed items, including a beautiful table made and donated by a member of the Old Order Mennonites along the Todd-Christian county line.

Brent Summers, Kelvin Deberry and Bruce White will be the auctioneers, beginning about 6 p.m. You don’t have to eat to participate in the auction.

The band For Him will play during the auction. Members are Bobby Douglas, Matt Jordan, Robbie DeArmond and Randy DeArmond.


Here are some of the items which will be available for purchase:

A new 8X12 utility building valued at $1,800, has been donated by Kim and Justin Owen, Danny Coffman, Overholt and Sons, Tony Coffman Utility Precast, Mark Hayes of Hayes Trailers, and Harold and Lee Ann Morgan.

Adairville Feed Mill, Sweetflix deer block

Adam and Lori Gafford, barbecue meal with side items and bottled water

Amanda Powell, decorative plaque

Amber Elizabeth Westerman, sun wreath

Annelle White, framed Russellville Panthers art work

Another Chance Wildlife & Reindeer, Steve & Kathy Kinney Martin, necklace and earrings

Appling Hi Fi, Barry Appling, bass speaker

April Kutzman, beautiful arrangements

Aryon Paige Smith, basket of soaps & lotions

Ashley Mitchell Dunn, custom made wooden seesaw

Ashley Wells, numerous framed items

Auburn Leather, leather Bible cover

Becky Garrett, 3 sets of hand-crocheted dish cloth

Bethel Dipper, 2 sandwich boxes and drinks

Boutique @ JPT Studio, Emily and Steve McElfresh, infant sandals and headband set

Brenda Johnson, summer blanket, pictures and décor

Cameillia Arnold & Martina Dockery, window table

Camera Me, Hilary Bobbett, 15 pictures on a CD

Candy Marie Graber, patriotic wreath

Carpenter Center Fitness & Aquatic Center, 3-moth family membership

Cash in a Flash, Kimberly and Larry Wayne Long, Rita Austin, spring grapevine wreath

Cates Cabinet, custom-made mantle & large custom mirror

Chad and Bridgett Fuller, Golden Bullet Value Pack, fireworks display

Chrissy Clark Speck, pink and white baby quilt and matching cap, other creations

Cindy Fernandez, two large plant containers

Cindy Krohn, set of UK coasters

C-K Decal, large welcome sign

Colonial House, Furniture, Auburn, cutting board

Complete Gutter Service, Doug Carroll, Gutter cleaning up to $100

Connie Southerland & Joe Ferry, exercise bike

Cooters restaurant, Kevin Binion, Franklin, $30 gift certificate

Country Breeze Market, Auburn, plaque

Countryside Bake Shop, Auburn, 8 dozen cookies

Crabtree Furniture, Panther beanbag

Creative Canvas, Lisa Haley Miller, artworks

Critter Cuts, pet products

Crop Production Services, large bag of lawn seed

Curves, 3 months’ membership

Danielle Stratton, custom made coffee table

Darin’s Automotive, 5-quarter oil change & filter

Daydream Moore, paintings

Deanna Darrell Embry, UK wreath

Deborah Gallagher, gold bracelet

Della’s Emporium, scarf and bracelets

Donna M. Harrell, UK canister set, other UK items

Doo Wop Shop, Lewisburg, $30 gift certificate

DoubleK Amusements, Castle Bouncy House free rental

Dunmor Baptist Church/Covered in Love, handmade quilt

East Main Diner, BoGo meal

Farm Bureau (Mike Baugh) and Barry Joe Wright, Honda Pressure washer

Federal Grove Bed & Breakfast, Terry Blythe, dinner for two

Firehouse Restaurant, plate lunch

Ford’s Furniture, Bowling Green, $50 gift card

Flower Barn, Sol Azteca punch card

Foxy Cuts, Ashley Fox, hair care supplies

Ginger Ramsey, snow cone machine and large globe

Glen’s Hardware, Auburn, can of grease

Goody’s, Yorkshire glassware drink dispenser

H&H Agri-Power, radio-control model tractor

Hair Affair, Emily Walton, $50 gift certificate

Haley’s Roost, Dunmor, Honda Holland Haley, 2 food certificates

Harris Supply, Brian Harris, extended cab cover

Headlines, Ashley Simpson, Matrix hair care products

Hickory Hill Garden Center & Florist, art work

Holly Montgomery, artworks

HouzeWerks, homemade patio table

Impact International and Renegade Racing Fuels, large grill

Iris Walton Perez, bag of thirty-one items

Jamie Thomas Taylor, mermaids’ wreath

Jenn Mayes Robinson, handmade baby blanket and quilt

Jessica Ashby & Kevin Yates, basket of wash cloths and Yankee candles, women’s earrings

Judy Fuller Hyams, necklace and earrings

Julie Hadden, handmade blanket

Julie Smith Blake, UK cornhole boards

Kayra An Dusty Yates, handmade, stained wooden table

Keith and Elaine Vincent, Zebco Crappie fighter rod and reel

Kevin, log flower beds & other log creations

Kerry and Betty Grubb, custom-made hay spear

Knight Electric, Adam Shrull, clean and check, $65 value

Kokomo Salon in Beechmont, Linda Aldridge, beauty supplies

Kristy Wilson Miller, primitive outhouse

Kyle and Dorothy DeArmond Johnson, handmade benches and table

Leigh Ann Keeton Smith, John Deere fire ring

Leroy Free, giant print Bible

Lester Zimmerman, Pembroke, Full-size handmade cherry Amish desk

Lions Club of Russellville, country ham

Little House on the 100 Farm, large wooden boxex

Logan Aluminum, set of golf balls, UK and WKU jackets

LCHS FFA, 6 hanging baskets of flowers

Logan County Animal Clinic, a spay or neuter

Logan County High School, specially made cupcakes

Logan Journal, Trey Turner, button ad for a month

Logan Memorial Hospital, filing cabinets

Maranda Johnson, handmade window bench

Marissa Lavonne Dupree, Mason jar soap dispenser, artwork

Rep. Martha Jane King, flag kit, Style Craft lamp

Matrix Computer, computer virus removal

Melissa DeArmond Sitz, handmade hair bows

MeTime, Pam Bilyeu, massages, pedicure, detox, other items

Mike McGee, UK sign

Mr. Pickles, raincoat ready for monograming

NAPA Auto Parts, Sol Azteca cards

Northern Nursery Garden, large plant

Ole Store Primitive Shop, Dunmor, barnwood cabinet Orthopedics Plus, pair of 3-months’ membership

Painted Chair, hand-painted home décor

Patio Room, Decorator bucket of items

Patricia Alridge Williams, wreath

Patricia Askew, quilt rack, handmade comforter

PFK’s Emporium, Auburn, $10 gift certificate

Phillip Porter, WKU themed basket, $250 value

Providence Ag, Elmer Jenkins, herbicide

Ranger Grill, Lewisburg, Jenni Sunn Harris & A. Sunn Williams, $25 gift certificate

Red Door Trading Co., Grennvile 123 caddy and hanger

Reliance Ag, pair of 5-gallon herbicides

Resurrected Wood Creations, wooden art works

Rolling Hills Golf Course, 2 18-hole rounds with cart

Ronnie Yates, $400 custom-built covered sandbox

Rural King, $25 gift card

Russellville Lions Club, 2 country hams

Russellville Paint and Flooring, paint equipment

S&K Detailing, Clay Bilyeu, Car detailing

Sally Holman Graves, artworks

Shear Image Salon, Sarah Kay Brooks & Brandi Welsh, hair care products & gift certificate

Sherry Sitz, handmade horse quilt

Sherry Thornberry Belcher, large cabinet

Service Auto Parts, Russellville, steel tool set

Southern Outdoor Furniture, handmade poplar chair

Southern Rustic Décor, Handmade cabinet

Southern States Co-oper, Elkton, sprayer and herbicide spray

Southern States Co-op, Russellville, gasless power weeder

Stephanie Taylor, child portrait session

Stephanie Weaver, illuminated wagon floral design, other artworks

Steven Sratton, UK toy chest

Storm Insurance, Elmer Jenkins, 2 $50 Outback gift cards

Studio T salon, Teri Keltner, spray tan

Susan Guion Coursey, natural leather freshwater pearl necklace and earrings

Susan Smith, wreath

Tangled Trunk, Marcia Miller Key, freshwater pearl surfer slide knot necklace and bracelet

Thomas Bouldin, $45 in Fandango gift cards

Tijuana’s Diner, Dunmor, Tijuana and David Allen, 2 food certificates

Tina Drake, 2 primitive Americana primitive flags

Tina’s Treasures, Scarf

Todd and Leslie Parson, 7-foot Veritas pole

Todd County Animal Clinic, free grooming and 5 Sol Azteca cards

Tommy Arnold, cornhole boards

Tommy Hines, handmade barnwood breadbox

Tracy Ingram Mason, UK lamp/candle

Trembley’s Pool & Spa, UK basket of goods

Vickie Martin, handmade baby quilt

Wal-Mart, 2 Turkey Thugs

Waynes Place, Dunmor, $100 gift certificate

Wendi Smith Banda Creighton, 2 cedar plant boxes

Whitley’s Pharmacy, UK burlap flag and flag pole

Yard Sale Shop, Auburn, garden thermometer, pendant light fixture, UK flags

Young Funeral Home, marble cutting boards

Monetary donations: Robert and Donna Brown, H&H Sheetmetal, Tim & Tyler Wood

Dillon Shirts for sale, contact Tammy Porter Forgy

Gas grill

Poulan Pro gas chainsaw

Blackjack portable air tank

6-foot picnic table

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