They’re chocolate-frosted, full of sprinkles, and decorated to perfection!
The West Monroe Convention Center was transformed into a community bakery this afternoon.
A bake sale sweetens the deal for supporters of J.R. Searcy—they’re using the money selling freshly-baked cakes, cookies, and pies—to build a J.R. Searcy monument in front of the new library on Highway 34 in his honor.
About 200 delicious cakes were donated by local bakeries and grocery stores, and custom-baked with messages of support for J.R. Searcy, who was killed in the line of duty in March.
In just 30 minutes, organizers raised over $1,000.
“I’m supporting the J.R. Searcy statue fund. I came by, followed it on Facebook, I think it’s a very good cause. I’m proud of the people raising money for the statue,” said Yolanda Tannehill, who donated $1,000.
“I know y’all took a picture of the specialty cake. The lady who made that cake from the Walmart in Monroe had dealings with J.R. She remembers him and was honored to make that cake for him,” said Mark Ouchley, an organizer.
“I’m so proud of the people supporting him. It’s a wonderful thing people are doing for a family in town. I never knew the man, but I’m appreciative of what he did for this community,” said Tannehill.
So far, supporters of Searcy’s monument fund have raised over $30,000 to build the statue of Searcy and his canine partner, Rico.