Members of the Mulberry community recently came together to raise $17,000 for longtime firefighter Kevin Carty, who is in need of a kidney transplant.

Several area businesses and individuals donated time and merchandise to a chili supper, silent auction and dessert auction with live music, according to a news release from the Mulberry Public Library. Additionally, other businesses held separate fundraisers and events during the previous week, and a number of private donations also were received.

The goal for the various events was $10,000, according to the release. Community efforts nearly doubled that amount.