At age 7, and weighing 70 pounds soaking wet, Jayne Timm is not your average member of Peabody Main Street Association.
Who would have thought that the 4-foot-tall, bundle of energy could have been instrumental in raising money for the organization?
Peabody Main Street Association Director Shane Marler and other board members were so impressed by the pintsized community leader that she was nominated for the Governor’s Community Award for Excellence and won.
Unfortunately, Jayne had the flu when the Kansas Main Street dinner and awards presentation was held in October. But she will be recognized Dec. 5 during the Peabody Christmas Celebration.
Marler stated that Jayne’s persistence at the association’s “To Die For Dessert” auction Memorial Day weekend, brought in $1,200, more than twice what it would have if not for the bidding by Jayne.
Rick and Vicky Turner continue to be one of the largest supporters of Peabody Main Street Association.
“They set the standard in the community for customer service and general ‘can do’ attitude,” the nomination read. “Whenever there is a donation need, a promotion to be support, Rick and Vicky are always there.”
Marler’s nomination continued that in May, the family proved that the torch had been passed to the newest generation - -to the Turner’s granddaughter, Jayne.
For the dessert auction, local bakers were asked to make and donate “fancy” desserts. More than 300 people gathered to hear music and bid on desserts.
Ten minutes into the auction, it became apparent that there would only be one true winner this night. One bidder outclassed the rest. Little Jayne kept her hand in the air longer than anyone on five occasions.
“When all was said and done, Jayne had spent more than $700 for the desserts that struck her fancy,” Marler’s narrative said. “Without Jayne, less than half that amount would have been raised … and showed Peabody how to make a difference by simply raising your hand.”