ROANOKE RAPIDS — A check of nearly $11,000 was presented to law enforcement agencies on Friday that was raised through the Trophy Room’s Casino Night event.

Owners John and Lisa Haggerty of the Trophy Room in Halifax and Haggerty’s Steakhouse in Roanoke Rapids decided to hold a Casino Night event on Nov. 20 to raise money for children in Halifax County.

John said different law enforcement agencies around the county take children Christmas shopping, which sparked the idea to hold the casino event.

In addition to the fundraiser, Tracy Story, owner of Discount Automotive and Tire, donated funds.

According to the Trophy Room’s Facebook post, Story and the Rewritten Story Foundation donated $4,500 to the cause in addition to the funds raised at the Casino Night event.

Story, also founder and CEO of the Rewritten Story Foundation, said, “We’re trying to make sure that no child goes without a toy this Christmas. So I think mission accomplished.”

He said his automotive shop was the location for the donation drop-offs, but is also still raising funds to buy toys and coats.

One person from each law enforcement agency was invited to Haggerty’s Steakhouse Friday for lunch, where John and Story were there to present the checks.

Present at Haggerty’s to receive the funds raised was Chief Deputy Scott Hall with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Weldon Chief of Police Christopher Davis, Scotland Neck Police Department Chief John Tippett and Roanoke Rapids Police Officers Joey Spragins and D.M. Harrison.

Hall said, “Our community is awesome — all of us know that we live in the best community in the world. And then having partners like John and Lisa and Tracy and everybody that has come together to help be a part of this — unbelievable. It just shows the type of community we live in. We thank everybody who has ever donated and helped our kids move forward.”

Tippett said, “We just really appreciate any contributions to help the children and the community. We have law enforcement and children and this program allows us to let them have a good Christmas.”

Davis said, “We appreciate the generous donation that we’re getting today. We can utilize it to help brighten some faces of some kids for Christmastime during the holidays. Merry Christmas.”

Spragins said, “It’s definitely good for the community and definitely good for the kids. It will provide these kids to have a better Christmas this year.”

“I just want to give back to the community because the community has been so good to us in keeping us going through the pandemic,” John said. “I want to make this an annual event. And we’re going to do some other things during the upcoming spring and summer, maybe to help with that and not just have one night in November. It was a great time on the 20th over in the Trophy Room, and we’re just pleased to be able to be here and we are just thankful for what everybody’sdone for us.”

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