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Tim Dunn said he was “very satisfied” with a recent craft show held to raise money to help Jerry Younkin.

Dunn developed the idea for the craft show, which was held Oct. 20 at the Scottdale Firemen's Hall.

“It went really well,” Dunn said. “We ended up with 54 vendors and crafters, average attendance. We had a silent auction that went very well...(We received) a lot of positive feedback. The crowd stayed steady most of the day.”

Also featured were a bake sale and a 50/50 drawing.

“There were more baked goods than I've ever seen,” Dunn said. “It was tremendous. The silent auction was really good. The vendors gave us really nice stuff to raffle off.”

A number of local businesses made contributions including: Wise's Restaurant, Fantastic Sams, Holiday Inn, Quality Support Inc., Scottdale Lumber, Med Express, Tim Carson's Catering, Suzy's Frozen Custard, Texas Roadhouse, McDonald's, International House of Pancakes, Dairy Queen and the Washington Wild Things baseball team, which donated four tickets. A private citizen donated a blow-up mattress, along with pump and batteries.

Younkin is the one-time fire chief of the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department, who received a lung transplant Jan. 14, 2012. Younkin was diagnosed in 2009 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which causes a thickening and scarring of the lungs and makes breathing even a struggle.

Dunn, a Scottdale resident, said the show, which had proceeds from those paying for their tables go directly to Younkin, raised nearly $1,000.

The resulting bills from Younkin's treatment can be quite costly.

According to information provided by TransplantLiving.org, the average lung transplant can carry a price tag in excess of $550,000. Health insurance did cover a portion of the transplant costs, but significant medical-related expenses remain. Two spaghetti dinners were held to help defray the costs, the latest taking place in May.

Dunn did come up with the idea for the craft show, but he was quick to credit the efforts of many in pulling off the event and making it a success.

“People always give me credit for this, but I could do none of it without Linda, my wife,” Dunn said. “She takes the brunt of all of it. She does all the (background) stuff that I can't possibly do. She does it. She's always there. Of course, (Dunn's daughter) Breann was a big help....Melissa, (Younkin's) daughter, and Sandy, his wife, both were very, very helpful. I'm nothing without the helpers.”

Dunn initially became involved through a friendship between his daughter Breann and Melissa Younkin Danser, Jerry's daughter.

Jerry Younkin was able to make an appearance at the craft show.

“Jerry and I went around to all the vendors and Jerry thanked them,” Dunn explained. “I introduced him to all the people who didn't know him already. That went so far. If they didn't sell anything that day or did very little, when they met him it was golden.”

Dunn said plans are already in the works for another craft show next year.

“We're already talking about a second one next year at the same time,” Dunn said. “I've already had four emails telling me if we have it again, please include me, unsolicited. So I feel that's pretty good.”

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com.

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