UPDATE Sunday 5:50 p.m. -- Organizers of the benefit told KTVE/KARD the Bob Buckley Memorial Benefit raised more than $36,000 and they're still not done counting funds.
That money will go toward paying Buckley's medical bills for his family and establishing the Robert G. Buckley Memorial Scholarship Fund for anyone majoring in criminall justice from Union Parish.
UPDATE -- Almost two weeks ago, Union Parish tragically lost its 23-year sheriff, Bob Buckley.
On Saturday, a memorial benefit was held in his honor at the Willie Davis, Jr. Recreation Center in Farmerville.
The benefit was originally intended to help Buckley with his medical bills during his battle with cancer.
"I just thought that everybody would want to pay some kind of tribute when he was sick, not knowing that he was going to pass away before this. That's what it was for," Benefit Co-Organizer Judy Auger said.
Union Parish wanted Buckley to leave behind a legacy, not just unpaid medical bills.
So the benefit changed its purpose, trying to raise $30,000 through food, fun and auctioning items from LSU memorabilia to signed "Duck Dynasty" posters, all to pay off the medical bills for Buckley's family.
"Whatever is left over, we hope to establish a Robert G. Buckley Memorial Scholarship Fund for someone who majors in criminal justice from Union Parish," Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said. "So far, we've already raised about $12,000."
Many organizations assisted in the benefit, including the Louisiana National Guard.
"The Buckley Foundation actually contacted us to set up a little go kart racing," SFC Jonathan Parker said. "Bob Buckley was everybody's guy. Everybody always came to him with a lot of different issues and problems."
While no amount of dollars will bring Sheriff Buckley back, the people he once protected said they'll see to it he's never forgotten.
"He went out of his way to help people in this parish, no matter what," Gates said. "No matter what color, what race, or anything, he was always willing to help everybody."
FARMERVILLE -- A Union Parish benefit in memory of its long-time sheriff is being held Saturday, in an effort to keep his legacy going.
The Bob Buckley Memorial Benefit is being held at the Willie Davis Recreation Center in Farmerville this morning, featuring food, live music, and an auction of items including Saints football tickets, signed footballs by the Cowboys and LSU, ostrich boots, a chainsaw, signed Duck Dynasty pictures, furniture, and much more.
Those who knew and worked with Buckley hoped this benefit will keep the late sheriff's memory going.
Several different organizations came together to put on the benefit, including the National Guard.
The silent auction starts at 6 p.m. Live music will continue throughout the evening.
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