Hollywood Casino and 1st Jackpot hosted the fifth annual Sheriff's Survival Pink Luncheon on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Hollywood Casino. This year, the event was in loving memory of Pastor J. W. Seals. Guests dressed in shades of pink to show their support for the occasion. While enjoying their lunch, guests were moved by testimonials, messages, praises, and music by various pastors and patrons that Tunica County is blessed with throughout the community.
Pastor Henry Hargrow, the emcee for the luncheon, shared with guests, "God will hear your cry. God will ease into the room and take care of your needs. Somehow you will now understand that weeping may be endured for nights, but joy, real joy, comes in the morning. And if you have not experience this, then keep on living. Keep on fighting, you can only talk about what you've experienced. Keep on living."
One theme discussed through the luncheon among guests and speakers was one commonly seen regarding the battle against cancer, 'no one fights alone.' While one individual may be the one with cancer; it is fought together with family, friends, loved ones, pastors, and the Almighty God. Testimonials were shared reiterating this from battlers, champions, heroes, over comers, survivors, and warriors.
Pastor McKinley Daley, also a Tunica County Board of Supervisors member, reminded guests of the 23rd book of Psalms and read, "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want." He then said, "See, I shall not want to allow anything to separate me from the love of God. No, I will not allow anything to defeat me because I trust in God. Whatever your will is, Lord, it is not always easy. I hear a lot of people say I have a lot of faith; nothing bothers me. Well, that's because you haven't faced anything. When trouble comes in your body, I don't care how much faith you have, it'll make you cry. It'll make you wonder, and ask the Lord, 'Why?' That's when you will hear the Spirit of God remind you that he's holding you in the palm of His hand and saying 'Just trust Me.' Joy will come in the morning. God is going to deliver you; just hold faith. Like in verse three [Psalms 23] 'He restores my soul' because sometimes our souls get weary, but God is going to restore our souls in the morning hour.'"
Pastor Seals' wife, Betty Seals, shared that she was surprised to pick up the program and see the luncheon was in honor of her beloved husband. She shared that when she saw his picture on the program of him smiling and waving, she knew he is in Heaven and watching over her. She shared that when her husband was near his final day on earth, he reminded her not to be weary, but to be strong and courageous. He told her was going to a place of eternal healing. Seeing the picture confirmed her husband's promise to her.
Sheriff Hamp paid tribute to those that have fought, are currently fighting, that will one day fight, and those that lost their battle to the horrific disease known as cancer. He gave the opportunity for members of the luncheon to light a candle in honor of a loved one, or themselves personally, that have courageously fought the fight against cancer. In a moving display of love, guests came up and paid great respect to those they know and love while the Tunica County Sheriff's Office Choir sang "Let It Rain" in a beautiful melody, creating a truly moving tribute to the men and women that have battled cancer.
The TCSO thanks Hollywood and 1st Jackpot for their generosity to host this event, as well as all speakers and performers for their contribution to the program that made the day so special. Lastly, thank you to our guests for joining us to celebrate and honor those battlers, champions, heroes, over comers, survivors, and warriors against cancer.