“He continues to be very hands-on in overseeing the operations of his two businesses,” said Lisa Francis, spokeswoman for the Keith Smith Benefit committee. “He has a great group of employees who are standing behind him and doing everything they can to ensure he continues to give the same great service people have come to know and trust.”
But it isn’t just Smith’s employees who have stepped up to the plate. A multitude of friends and supporters from throughout the county has come together as one to plan various fundraisers to aid this long-time Darke County resident in his immediate time of need.
“We’re opening our hearts and minds to a man who has been a strong supporter of all of us for so many years,” said Francis. “This is a man who over the years has given so much to his community and now we have an opportunity to give back to him.”
Francis said hands-free car wash vouchers will available from the Greenville Car Wash located across from the Darke County Fairgrounds at 1017 Sweitzer St., Greenville, as of January 2, 2011. The cost of the voucher is $10 to purchase a Deluxe Car Wash which normally runs $12 per wash. Greenville Car Wash owners John and Stephanie Baumgardner are donating 100 percent of the car wash proceeds from the sale of these vouchers to the Keith Smith Benefit Fund which has been established through Greenville Federal Bank.
“People haven’t even thought twice about helping us. Keith is a well known and respected man in our community and the need for our help is now,” Francis said.
Car wash vouchers can be purchased from any member of the Keith Smith Benefit committee or by stopping by one of the following south town Greenville businesses: Chicken Kitchen II, 102 Birt Street; Eikenberry’s, 1120 Sweitzer Street; Fairlawn Steakhouse, 925 Sweitzer Street; Farmers State Bank and Trust, 1107 Sweitzer Street; Hansbarger Appliances, Electronics and Mattresses, 1127 Sweitzer Street; or Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, 5484 Ohio Route 49 South.
Organizers say the support of this venture, now in its third week of planning, is quickly gaining overwhelming momentum as it tugs on the heart strings of many.
“Each week we have more and more people interested in helping,” explained Francis. “We’ve established a benefit fund for him and now we’re planning a benefit dinner.”
Francis said tickets for a February 5th chicken noodle benefit dinner to be held at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, will also be available after January 2, 2011. The dinner will be served by the Greenville Masonic Lodge Craft committee between 6 and 8 p.m. with a multitude of other activities to be held during and after the dinner.