AKC Coonhunters and Employees Have Compassionate Hearts

On April 13, 14 and 15 the 31st Annual Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt Benefit for St. Jude...

On April 13, 14 and 15 the 31st Annual Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt Benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was held at the Decatur County Fairgrounds & Convention Center in Parsons, Tennessee. For thirty-one years benevolent Coonhunters from all across the US have been converging on Parsons, TN to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee.

John Lyons, Chief Operating Officer of the American Kennel Club, was on hand to present the Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt Benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with four checks from the American Kennel Club, AKC Employees and giving Coonhunters. Attendees of the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship donated $1,000, AKC Employees at the Raleigh and New York offices added $1,200, the Coonhunters attending the World's Largest Coon Hunt added a total of $712 buying wrist bands to support the cause. The American Kennel Club donated $10,000 earlier in the year bringing the total to $12,912.

MCA Recording artist Josh Turner, whose debut single Long Black Train was the longest running single in the history of country music (radio and records) appeared on his own time for this great cause and gave a special acoustic performance for the crowd on Saturday. Just prior to this performance, hundreds of donated items were auctioned off and brought in over $12,000 for the children at St. Jude.

The staff and volunteers hosting the Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt Benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are some of the most dedicated and hardest working people in the world. Many of these people have been attending and working this event for each and every one of the past thirty-one years. These folks have raised nearly three million dollars for the cause in past years and the money is still pouring in minute by minute.