Each year, the White Hall/Sheridan Chapter of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club, which is made up of firefighters and those who are associated with fire service, holds a fundraising event in the form of a motorcycle and car show to benefit Area IX Special Olympics.


Club officials on Sunday presented a check to the Special Olympics for $6617.39, far exceeding their original goal of raising $6,000.


Area IX serves 600 athletes in five counties: Jefferson, Grant, Lincoln, Arkansas and Prairie. It provides food, lodging and athletic competition in softball, basketball, flag football, basketball, track and field, and volleyball.


Unfortunately, this year’s Special Olympics, which were scheduled for earlier this month, had to be canceled due to cold weather. Olympic officials said that all athletes who had registered will be eligible to participate at the state games in May.


Athlete awards were presented on Sunday at the Fairfield Federal Credit Union in White Hall.


Mindy Fowler and her husband Woody Fowler belong to the motorcycle club, which offers service outreach for different causes throughout the area.


“Every single penny goes to Area Nine Special Olympics,” Mindy Fowler said of the motorcycle show. “Fire and Iron is a service club. We wanted to pool all our efforts to one big charity to help Area IX, since they did not have lots of support.”