Mary Ellen Werner (left) accepts a $10,000 check from Hospice of Cullman County Board member and Truck Draw Down Event Chair Linton Newlin.
Cohen Price, son of Gator Winner Renetta Price, gives a big smile after winning the child’s John Deere Gator following the Hospice of Cullman County Truck Draw Down.
The custom-made birdhouse donated for the auction.

Cullman Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Hospice of Cullman County recently held its annual Truck Draw Down, which serves as a fundraiser benefiting indigent patient care, earned over $26,000. This year’s winner was Mary Ellen Werner who opted for the $10,000 prize instead of the truck.

“The event was a tremendous success with 325 tickets sold, more than 10 cakes and other items contributed for auction,” Linton Newlin, Hospice of Cullman County, Inc. Board Event Chair said. “This event is extremely important to the patients and families who receive our care and support while dealing with difficult end-of-life issues.”

This year’s auction featured the usual delicious cakes contributed by local cooks known for their pastry sensations but also featured a special auction item, a custom-made birdhouse made by Jerry and Linda Farley constructed from materials donated by Hal and Rhonda Gray, owners of the former Little Bit of Everything. The birdhouse was constructed from original wood siding and the embossed tin ceiling from the former Fuller Brothers Ford Motor Car Company located at the corner of Third Avenue and Fourth Street SE in Downtown
Cullman that was constructed in 1911 and destroyed by the April 27 tornado in downtown Cullman.

Many attendees also donated monies for a chance to win a Child’s John Deere HPX Gator which was donated by Tri-Green Equipment and Judy Butler. The drawing was held at the conclusion of the event and the winner was Renetta Price.

Special thanks to the following for donating cakes and items auctioned during the event — Patti Bostick, Reine de Saba – Queen of Sheba Cake; Buna Burns, Classic Hummingbird Cake; Cheesecakes Deli & More/Debby Mason, Turtle Cheesecake; Nell Dunlap, Chocolate Almond Cream Cake; Jo Schaffer, Rum Cake and Blueberry Creamcheese Pound Cake; Sabre Freeman, Italian Crème Cake; Cynthia Johnson, Fresh Apple Cake; Danny & Deborah McAfee, White Chocolate Bread Pudding; Marie Stephenson, Fresh Coconut Cake; Al
Pitzing, Big Al’s Honey; and Little Bit of Everything & Linda / Jerry Farley, custom-made bird house.

Thanks to the following businesses who generously donated door prizes for the event — A Touch of German, The Candle Garden, Cullman Cabinet/The Added Touch, Cullman Power Board, Deep South Classics, Doug Doggett Jewelers, Garden Party/Frances Clark, Interiors by Donna Richter, Monograms Plus, Poor Little Rich Girl,TP Country Club and Ed White Jewelers. Also, thanks to Mitch Smith Chevrolet for serving as the Event Ticket Sponsor.

“Without these donations, the event would not have been as big of a success,” Hospice Director Susan Johnson said. “We certainly appreciate the support of the community.”

For more information about CRMC’s Hospice of Cullman County, call their office at (256) 739-5185 or visit online at

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