The Kiwanis Club of Jasper is sponsoring its first “Mule Drop” event Thursday, Aug. 25 at T.R. Simmons Elementary School. Club member Sue Parnell, an organizer of the event, said the idea came about as something the group could do in conjunction with the Walker County Arts Alliance’s 50-Mule Team Public Art Project which is currently being showcased across the county.
Parnell said “deeds” to 5-foot square pieces of property on the T.R. Simmons practice field are being sold by Kiwanis members for $10 each or five for $40. On the night of the event, a live mule will be released on the field at 7 p.m. and Parnell said it will have two hours to “do its business.” If it does, the person who purchased the square where it happens will win $500 cash.
“We’ll give it two hours, but if there’s no drop by 9 p.m. then we’ll draw for the winner,” Parnell said.
To purchase a deed, see any Kiwanis Club member or call Parnell at 205-531-4006 or Cheri Russell at 205-275-7729. Deed buyers do not have to be present to win, Parnell added.
The fundraiser also coincides with the Walker High School football team’s season opener. Parnell said Kiwanis members will be at T.R. Simmons by 6 p.m. to sell deeds.
“We thought that would be the perfect time to hold the Mule Drop,” she said. “For anyone going to the game, we will be at T.R. Simmons selling tickets before the mule is released. This is an easy way to help children in our community.”
Money raised from the event will benefit the children of Walker County, Parnell said.
“We will use the money to help fund the college scholarships that we give out as well as our Kiwanis-based clubs in local schools,” she said. “All the money we raise throughout the year stays here locally. We help a variety of groups, just about any organization in our area that benefits children.”