Nearly $50,000 raised for injured football player

Skye Kinkade
MSHS cheerleader Brandie DellaBona presents the winning bidder with a cream puff dessert, which sold for a whopping $400.

Spirits were high and bids were flying at the fundraising Corben Brooks Benefit Dinner and Auction Saturday evening in Mount Shasta.

The National Guard Armory was filled with long rows of tables, festive blue and gold balloons, and hundreds of community members who all came together to support the injured 17-year old MSHS senior Corben Brooks.

The organization “Friends of the Family” estimates that Saturday’s event raised somewhere between $45,000 and $50,000 for Corben and his family. “So far, the total is over $42,000. We won’t know final figures until all the receipts are in,” said Rhonda Monaghan.

The evening started out with a silent auction as guests drifted in. Items such as a Yogi Berra signed baseball, cases of mixed wine, handmade quilts, original artwork, and many other valuable items lined one wall, where people could make their silent bids.

Nearly 500 tickets were sold for the barbecued tri-tip and chicken dinner, which was served by Keith Cool and the Mount Shasta Firefighter’s Association. The no-host bar was manned by the South Siskiyou Men’s Softball Association.

Mount Shasta Mayor Russ Porterfield, MSHS assistant football coach Mike Reed, and MSPD Chief Parish Cross served as auctioneers for the long and exciting auction.

Local businesses and individuals donated the auctioned and raffled items, including a large picnic table from Siskiyou Opportunity Center, 8 yards of concrete from Sousa Ready Mix, a Benelli Nova 12 gauge camo shotgun from Old West Guns, a $500 gift certificate from Mount Shasta Tire, and several vacation packages to destinations such as Knott’s Berry Farm and Reno.

The total value of all donated items was $29,000, Monaghan said.

Perhaps the most competitive bidding took place during the dessert raffle. MSHS cheerleaders displayed the desserts, which were made and donated by local community members. A white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sauce made by Kathy Hansen had the highest bid, bringing in $450.

A letter from the Brooks family was read to the  teary-eyed crowd by Mike Reed. “We cannot thank you enough... Without the support of the community, this life-changing event would have been even harder to endure,” it said.

Bob and Jana Small, Corben’s great aunt and uncle, sat at a table in the middle of the armory. “The entire community has been wonderful,” they said. Bob had the winning bid on the San Francisco Giants ticket package, which he said he wanted so Corben could attend the game with him.

Police Chief Cross said “we can overcome all if we work together. If Mount Shasta can do it, the whole world can do it.” He commented that the support of the community is amazing, especially considering the hard economic times.

Tickets for a roof raffle, with roofing services donated by John Ramirez are still available for sale at Brooks Auto in Mount Shasta. The tickets are $20 each, and a winner will be drawn at Mount Shasta High School’s Homecoming football game.

Monday evening, the Brooks family reported that Corben will, in fact, be attending Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 31, which will make festivities that much more exciting for the highschoolers who miss their friend. It is hoped that Corben will be home for good in early November.

Trina Alva and Cindy Bodenhammer check out the basket they won during the auction and raffle.