OVILLA – After a successful Ovilla Service League annual benefit dinner and silent auction late last month, the organization netted a record-breaking amount of $6,700, presenting the check to Ovilla Police Chief Mike Moon this week.

“This is the most that the service league has ever raised for the police or fire department,” he said, noting that the organization rotates the funds yearly with each department.

There were about 140 people in attendance at the event this year, service league president Donna Hunt said, saying, “The funds raised [always] go toward non-budgetary needs that the department has.”

With no specific plans as to what the police department will do with the influx of cash, Moon said, “We use the money throughout the year to purchase things for the department that are not covered in our budget. 

“For example, if one of our computers goes out and we need a new one, that money is not budgeted so we would use that money to replace that computer, he said.

In the past, the department has used the donation money to buy laptop computers, Tazers, shotguns, to paint squad cars or purchase necessary items not covered in the city budget.

This year’s goal was to hit 200 in attendance and raise $5000, Hunt said, noting that even with the lower attendance number the monetary goal was certainly accomplished.

Serving spaghetti, salad and vegetables as in years past, attendees also had a chance to bid on live and silently auction items including an opportunity to take a one-on-one firearm lesson at a firing range with Moon, a firearms instructor; take part in a ride-along with a police officer; and have a chance to ride in the Heritage Day parade in September in the police golf cart with Moon. There were also a number of additional items auctioned off and, as in years past, the annual pie-a-month baked by former council member Jo Ann Graham was a success.

“I would like to thank the Ovilla Service League for their dedication and support,” Moon said. “I would also like to thank the wonderful, generous, supportive citizens of Ovilla because, without them, we would not be able to perform our jobs as well as we do.”