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Salvation Army raises fund for kid's programs and soup kitchens

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

The Salvation Army raised about $28,000 at its fifth annual fundraising banquet Friday.

Donna Jenkins, chairman of the advisory board for the Salvation Army, said that is little more than last year's amount.

"We do a lot of transporting of the kids so that will help us with gas," she said.

More than 150 bought tickets to the banquet and the silent and live auctions raised more than $8,000.

"I'm very pleased with the community response," Jenkins said. "We'd like to thank all the local sponsors." Local businesses and individuals donated 16 items for a live auction, 32 items for a silent auction and five door prizes.

Jim Ewell, Jr. served as auctioneer and kept the audience both bidding and laughing.

Dick Schafrath gave an uplifting talk about winning in sports and winning and life.

After growing up in rural Wooster, Schafrath played for Ohio State, winning a national championship in 1957. He told the audience he really wanted to drop out of school and play for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, but when his grades slipped legendary coach Woody Hayes simply moved Schafrath into his own home and had Hayes' wife act as his tutor.

Schafrath then moved to the Cleveland Browns and won the 1964 NFL championship with that team, blocking for Jim Brown and others. He was selected to the All Pro Team four times, played in the Pro Bowl seven times and was voted the Team's Most Valuable Player in 1963. After retiring as a player, he was assistant offensive line coach for Washington for three seasons.

The athlete then turned to politics and held a seat in the Ohio State Senate for 14 years. Since he didn't earn his college degree while playing at OSU, Schafrath returned to finally earn his degree at the age of 69. As part of his college course work, Schafrath wrote "Heart of a Mule," an autobiography published by Gray & Company in 2006.

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