The Rutherford Foundation 9th annual dinner and gun raffle was held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Madison County Country Club. This annual event was originally known as the “Father and Son” cookout and consists of an abundant southern meal of collard greens, chicken and yellow rice and cornbread, with carrot cake and cookies for dessert. Each year a gentleman from the community, who serves as a role model to the younger generations, is selected as “Daddy of the Year.” This year, two of our community leaders share this honor: Tommy Henderson and Billy Stephens. The evening concluded with the drawing for the engraved Webley & Scott 12-gauge shotgun. We would like to congratulate this year’s lucky winner, Richard Johnson. The foundation was established in memory of Wilbur and Randy Rutherford. The fundraiser provides the funding for academic scholarships to students in need of financial aid due to life altering occurrences such as catastrophic illness or the death of a loved one that would otherwise create a hardship for the student to reach their educational goals. Typically, scholarships are made through Madison County High School, for attendance at North Florida Community College (NFCC). Application for the scholarship requires a 250 word essay outlining the student’s situation and educational goals, submitted by April 15th for award in May, with award based on need. The Rutherford family would like to thank the Rutherford Foundation’s Board of Directors, the NFCC Foundation for it’s continued assistance, and our friends and supporters throughout the community for your hard work and numerous donations of your time, contributions of food for the event, tickets for the gun raffle and of course, your monetary donations. It is due to the efforts of many that this tradition continues.