Instead of auctioning off the carving, the fair board decided to accept donations during a community benefit auction and give the carving to Yates’ family. Roughly $32,000 was pledged on Thursday for the family.
After continuing to collect funds for the family Friday morning, the fair board has raised $40,000 for the deputy’s family, according to Clark County Fair executive director Dean Blair.
“It’s showing love, it’s showing support,” said Blair. “We all knew Matt Yates out here. He always worked fair duty. He was just a big teddy bear, and the sheriff’s office is just such great friends to us.”
Springfield businesses are also coordinating days where proceeds will go to the deputy’s family.
- Scout’s Cafe on Moorefield Road: 100%of the day’s proceeds on Saturday
- Un Mundo Cafe on South Fountain Avenue: 100% of the day’s proceeds on Monday
- Coffee Expressions on North Plum Street: 100% of the day’s proceeds on Tuesday
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has organized a GoFundMe to raise money for the Yates family. As of Friday afternoon, it has raised more than $46,000.
Yates was survived by his wife, Tracy, his mother, Lisa Yates, and father, Eugene (Felicia) Yates, who served with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for 34 years; mother-in-law, Debra Reed; daughter A’kaylehana; two sons, Anthony (Kristina) Reed, and Andrew Reed; two sisters, Lisa McPherson, and Rochelle (Clarence) Smith; four brothers, Martin Yates, Anthony (Holly) Jeffrey, Stephen Humphrey, and Walter Ray; brothers-in-law, Christopher Reed, and Timothy (Heather) Reed; sister-in-law, Theresa (Sam) Reed, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends, according to his obituary.
Yates’ funeral visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church at 3638 Middle Urbana Road. His funeral service is at noon Monday at the church, with burial to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery, according to Littleton and Rue Funeral Home. Clark County offices are closing on Monday in recognition of the funeral service.