Organizers of Bids for Bill, a silent auction to benefit Bill and Diane Toombs, are seeking items for the event, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Indianapolis Christian Fellowship.
Mr. Toombs, a pastor and a counselor, fell in July 2013 and fractured his neck, resulting in a diagnosis of quadriplegia. Just two months later his wife was diagnosed with an aggressive form of uterine cancer.
Although Mr. and Mrs. Toombs have some benefits through insurance, the need for additional funds is great. The surmounting necessities include housing with handicap modifications, transportation for Mr. Toombs and his chair, expensive medical equipment and daily supplies.
Jeanne McCullough, who’s playing a key role in coordinating the event, noted that Bill is working hard in rehabilitation. “He is a constant encourager to everyone he meets,” she said. “He is a wonderful man and a true joy to be around; his smile and optimistic attitude can light up any room. Bill has been a constant help in the community through counseling and other forms of ministry. We are all happy to help with this fundraiser.”
While McCullough has secured some nice items for the auction, she is aggressively seeking more and would like to land some sports packages, airline and concert tickets, hot air balloon and limousine rides, memberships to museums, gyms and the Indianapolis Zoo and weekend bed and breakfast stays.
Donations can be dropped off at the fellowship center, 4550 Madison Ave. To arrange for pickup, call McCullough at 371-1482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.