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Huge outpouring of love and gifts help Jeff Wooldridge family

Community, his Columbia/Adair County co-workers, and army of friends of Jeff and his family show depth of love they have engendered over the years.
Photos are being added and linked to the full story

By Linda Waggener

If an avalanche of pure love, respect and hundreds of gifts can heal, then Jeff Wooldridge is cancer free and ready to return to life as it was before cancer symptoms appeared.

Trinity United Methodist Church was the site of the huge fundraiser given in his honor Saturday night, October 21, 2017.


The fellowship hall was filled to overflowing with family members, coworkers, friends and neighbors.

Ashley Bennett, Amanda Hamlett, and Ashley Lackey were the first to greet those coming into the event.

Donations of food lined long tables and for a donation of $5 or more everyone was able to enjoy dinner and hear singing by the Dream Depot gang. Chasity Mullins, Courtney Keezee, friends of Jeff, both from Columbia accepted donations for food.

Donna and Junior Feese brought their special brand of gospel music. Then Fletcher Bell sang Only the Lonely. Yulonda Bradshaw sang contemporary Christian songs. Mackie Joe Pennington and Jennifer Biggs were also part of the Depot program.

Auction items lined the walls in preparation for the main fundraiser.

The din of voices grew quiet when the man of the hour entered and Jeff was immediately surrounded by welcomes and well wishes.
Event photos are being added below the story and totals of funds raised will be added as we know them. - LW


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Jeff Wooldridge honored by family, friends and coworkers



2017-10-22 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Jeff Wooldridge was honored with an outpouring of love and support at a special event in his honor Saturday, October 21, 2017. In addition to friends and coworkers, his family came in to be with him, his brother is standing by at right.

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Little Bit Salters recorded her Uncle Jeff entering hall



2017-10-23 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Adriana "Little Bit" Salters filmed her uncle Jeff Wooldridge, who the family calls "Punkin," as he entered the building at the fundraiser event held in his honor.

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JT Loy with his dad at Wooldridge fundraiser



2017-10-23 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Young JT Loy, at right, looks up to speak with his dad, District Judge Mike Loy, as the two joined the fundraiser for Jeff Wooldridge Saturday evening at Trinity UMC. Looking beyond the seated crowd, Chris Wilson gets his Golden Rule Wilson auction team ready to begin the main event.

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Ashley, Amanda and Ashley at the fundraiser



2017-10-23 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Jeff Wooldridge's coworkers, from left, Ashley Bennett, Amanda Hamlett, and Ashley Lackey were at the front entry table welcoming folks to the fundraiser and accepting donations.

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Kamarra, Delorise, Tia and baby Charles at the fundraiser



2017-10-23 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Family members Kamarra Barnett, Delorise Lasley and Tia Daugherty came together at the fundraiser for Jeff Wooldridge. Tia holds her little three-weeks-old son Charles.

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Chasity and Courtney helping out at the fundraiser



2017-10-23 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Chasity Mullins and Courtney Keezee, friends of Jeff, both from Columbia, were acccepting donations for food. At right is Cedric Vaughn holding Calvin Vaughn, friends from Hart County, KY at the fundraiser for Jeff Wooldridge.

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Kyran and Ceondre in attendance at Saturday fundraiser



2017-10-23 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Jeff Wooldridge family members who came to support him Saturday night included Kyran Barnett from Louisville, at left, and Ceondre Barnett from Campbellsville.

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Danny Mouser leading the auction for Jeff Wooldridge



2017-10-23 - Trinity United Methodist Church, 2418 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Auctioneer Danny Mouser and his wife Veronica helped Chris Wilson go for the gold to help raise all the funds possible from donations to help Jeff Wooldridge through his health battle. The spirit of giving was moving in the audience at the event with a homemade banana pudding selling for $120 as just one example.

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Dream Depot singers gave talents to help raise funds



2017-10-24 - Trinity United Methodist Church, Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Mackie Jo Pennington was among the popular Dream Depot performers who gave their talents to help raise funds for Jeff Wooldridge as he fights his battle with cancer. She performed at the Saturday evening event with other Depot members. Clicking 'read more' takes you to the story and more photos.

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