Large turnout at Knight fundraiser

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By Marty Finley

Sonora auctioneer David L. Knight is not lacking for friends.

An outpouring of support for Knight, who suffered a series of debilitating strokes in September, reaped $20,000 over the weekend during a fundraiser held at Upton Community Center. Paralyzed from the neck down, Knight has been in medical care since suffering the strokes.

The event included a chili supper and an auction, where a 1930s antique bedroom suite, old coins, TVs and cakes were up for bid. Local businesses also donated items, such as gift certificates.

April Bell, who helped organize the event, said the crowd was immense.

“I couldn't even guess how many turned out,” she said.

There was no set financial goal.

“Just as much as possible,” she said. “Whatever we could do for him.”

Bell said the money will be used to help Knight's family with medical expenses.