October 31, 2014

Benefit dinner and auction raises $20,000 for Standish residents

James Kuch
"With faith that can move mountains...we will go on." Devin and Yvette Chisholm sang two powerfully worded songs at the spaghetti benefit dinner held in their honor.
By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Members of the Standish community recently rallied to raise money for Community United Methodist Church Pastor Devin Chisholm and his wife Yvette.

A benefit auction and spaghetti dinner were held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wednesday, April 13. The event raised more than $20,000 for the Chisholm family. Spokesperson Jody Wilk said that she could not believe how much money was raised.

“We wanted to raise money for Devin because he has done so much for the Standish community,” she said. “Personally, he has been there for me, and I wanted to be there for him. This just shows how much Devin and Yvette mean to this community.”

Devin Chisholm was recently put in the position of early retirement from his pastoral position at Community United Methodist Church after more than 25 years of service. He said that the support from the community was emotional for him and his wife.

“Everyone had such a wonderful time,” he said. “It’s amazing how the whole community can come together to do something special.”

Chisholm said he and Yvette were overwhelmed by the response from the community.

“It was beyond our wildest dreams,” he said about the event. “The committee who put it together surprised us, and as more people came to the event, the more that surprise unfolded.”

Wilk said that even though she is Catholic and the Chisholms are Methodist, that has not stopped Devin Chisholm from supporting her.

“He was there for me with words of wisdom and support when my grandmother passed away,” she said. “He has really opened his heart to this community.

Wilk said that the Chisholms have to be out of their current home by July 1. The home they plan to move into is not ready for habitation.

“They had purchased a home in Standish with the intentions of repairing it and making it home one day,” she said. “The whole place has to be completely gutted out. It is not fit for living.”

Once Wilk and her planning committee members heard about the situation, she said they decided to help.

“Once we heard about their situation, several people pulled together to organize this dinner,” she said. “The money raised will be used to help pay for repairs to the new home. Devin and Yvette have been there for us at funerals, weddings, blessings, whatever we needed them for, they were there. It’s time for us to show them that same care.”

Chisholm said that he and Yvette are grateful for everything the community did for them.

“We were blown away,” he said. “We have a great relationship with this community.”

Wilk said that the benefit had a free will donation for a spaghetti dinner and for the more than 160 baked goods that were available.

“We had a silent auction with great items,” she said.

Some of the items up for bid included tickets to concerts, sporting goods and a raffle for a bed and a television.

Wilk said that a cheesecake made by Karen Weishuhn sold for $200 during a spontaneous auction.

“People showing up and doing this really show that the Chisholms truly are a pillar in this community,” she said.

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