Mount Pulaski’s Volley for the Cause raises record amount for family
of fallen Trooper Nick Hopkins family
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[October 12, 2019]
Coach Donna Dulle and her Mount Pulaski Volleyball Family were at it
again Thursday night with the annual installment of Volley for the
This year’s event recognized all law enforcement officers while
honoring Illinois State Police SWAT Trooper Nick Hopkins. Trooper
Hopkins was recently shot and killed in the line of duty while
serving a warrant. He left behind his wife and three children.
The name of the game on Thursday night was raising money for Trooper
Hopkins’s family while also squeezing in a Tomahawk Conference
Volleyball Match between Mount Pulaski and Midwest Central.
As usual, the Mount Pulaski community rose to meet the challenge. A
new record of $13,425 was raised through various raffles, auctions
The Late Nick Hopkins
The evening began with a dinner hosted by the MPHS Student Council
and National Honor Society.
Cookie Judging competitions, Balloon Pops, 50/50 Raffle ticket
sales, and other efforts were ongoing.
After the JV match, all law enforcement officials made their way to
the gym floor. Officers from Illinois State Police, Lincoln PD,
Mount Pulaski PD, and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department were
recognized. Illinois State Police SWAT Trooper, and
Mount Pulaski’s own, Eric Cowan took the opportunity to tell the
crowd a bit about fallen hero Nick Hopkins.
The evening’s marquee event then took over, the Live Auction
featuring auctioneer Cody Redman. A team-signed volleyball brought
$325. Decorative cookie trays brought $300 more. Memorabilia-themed
baskets donated by The Lucky Lager, Country Junction, the MPHS
Volleyball team, and others brought in more cash to the grand total.
Bidders went above
$300 for these special cookies
Setting off a raucous celebration, the Purple Reign Student Section
pooled all of their money together and were the collective winning
bidders for a $310 item. They then donated the item to the family of
The winning bidders
Tracy Dyer of Dyer Creative donated a MPHS team photo emblazoned on
a metal plate with a blue tinted American flag in the background
behind the players. Bidding between two bidders skyrocketed to $900
for Dyer’s print. Tracy informed the bidders that he would make a
second print for an additional $900 and just like that the auction
made $900x2 on one single item!
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In total, 16 auction items brought in $7,800. 50/50 winner Shawn Trimmer then
donated back $250 from her winning ticket.
All totaled up, Mount Pulaski Volleyball presented a big check to the Hopkins
Family for $13,425.
Dyer Creative Metallic Team
Pictures Auctioned for $1800
Mount Pulaski vs Midwest Central
The lights went out in the gym and blue light sticks came out in honor of law
enforcement as MPHS student Rylan Lindley sang a beautiful acapella Star
The volleyball seemed almost an afterthought as speculation buzzed about how
much money had been raised.
Midwest Central raced out to a 14–7 first set lead as the Lady Toppers tried to
gather themselves with an enthusiastic student section cheering them on.
Mount Pulaski then made their run, swinging the momentum their way with
thunderous kills from Alexis Wade and Cassidy Clark.
The Raiders were finally caught at 19-all. Two Midwest Central timeouts could
not stop the momentum swing.
Mount Pulaski took set one, 25–21 in front of a frenzied student section.
Set two was a continuation of set one. The Lady Toppers ripped out to an 11–3
lead and never looked back.
Late in the set, a blast from right side hitter Chloe Olson off a Bella Wade set
was the perfect capstone to the evening.
Mount Pulaski took set two, 25–11 and the match two sets to zero.
Help Through Doing
At the match’s conclusion, the record setting amount of $13,425 was announced.
Applause and cheers erupted in the gymnasium.
Coach Donna Dulle was appreciative of the community support. “I just thought
this was something special that we could do to help his family,” said Coach
Dulle. “I think it’s important for our players to see that we can pay back
people that help us. I think we owe so much to our police officers. People don’t
realize how much they do for us. We need to recognize them for all that they
Fellow SWAT Trooper Eric Cowan summed up how Trooper Hopkins would feel about
the evening, “He’d be proud. One of his sayings was ‘You can never do a kindness
too soon, because you don’t know when it’ll be too late.’ That’s what he stood
by and what he represented as a man.”
RIP Illinois State Trooper 6141 Nick Hopkins.
The record setting Volley for the