50 years of giving: Duncan and Hoots

50 years of giving: Duncan and Hoots

By Kyla Hurt

AMBUCS held their 17th annual Golf Outing last week. Moreover, the golf outing will be held in conjunction with their 50th annual Benefit Auction. Of the many generous donors and volunteers that work the AMBUCS to make the event successful, there is a special mention to be given to Duncan and Hoots Jewelry. Area businesses and individuals have been so very charitable, yet Duncan and Hoots has donated jewelry or giftware to the auction for each of the 50 years. A big thank you goes to for continued giving over all the changes. In 1973, Ron Hoots and Ernie Duncan purchased Verner Jewelers from Russ Verner and the store was renamed “Duncan and Hoots Jewelers.” It was at that time located at 37 Central Park Plaza. Ron Hoots became the sole owner in 1975. The store then relocated to Morton Avenue and in January of 2011, Joyce Hembrough bought the store from her stepfather, Ron Hoots. Joyce has since been in her current storefront at 209 W. State for the last three years. When talking to Hoots and Hembrough, both agreed that they like to give to AMBUCS each year, that it is important to support our local businesses and service clubs alike. Joyce Hembrough of Duncan and Hoots Jewelry has donated  for the AMBUCS’ Golf Outing and Benefit Auction which takes place on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at The Links Golf Course. Anyone with questions about the AMBUCS 17th Annual Golf Outing and 50th annual Benefit Auction may contact Jeff Dawdy at 217-473-4316, Amy Robertson at 217-473-0913, Carol Carl at 217-370-7110 or Nicole Pleiman at 217-204-5947. Thank you to Duncan and Hoots for your continued generosity. Thank you to all those who give to our local community.

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Kyla Hurt is a capable boondoggler trained in the arts; she’s also an accomplished event coordinator with experience from museum fundraising to art festivals. She enjoys puppies, sunshine, and good radishes – and wit. Wit is good, too.

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