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Friday, May 4, 2012

Car Cash Bash raised scholarship money for UNCP student-athletes

The second annual Braves Club Car Cash Bash raised more than $34,000 to benefit scholarships and programs for UNCP student-athletes. The event was held on April 4 in the Main Gym of the English E. Jones Health and Physical Education Center.

Johnnie Spell, general sales manager for Lumberton Ford Lincoln, gives the keys to a Ford Focus to Car Cash Bash grand prize winner Katherine Locklear, right, and her daughter, Janice Sheffield.

Johnnie Spell, general sales manager for Lumberton Ford Lincoln, gives the keys to a Ford Focus to Car Cash Bash grand prize winner Katherine Locklear, right, and her daughter, Janice Sheffield.

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Sponsored by Southeastern Regional Medical Center, the event drew approx- imately 250 guests and included silent and live auctions, a reception, a 50/50 raffle, dinner and a grand prize drawing for a Ford Focus or $8,500. Attendees got to meet and speak with student-athletes throughout the evening.

The evening began with a silent auction reception featuring more than 70 items, including an autographed basketball from John Calipari, head coach of the men’s NCAA Division I basketball national champion, the University of Kentucky as well as golf and tennis lessons from UNCP coaches, tickets to shows at Givens Performing Arts Center, Braves sports memorabilia and more.

In addition to the silent auction winners, UNCP graduate Sammy Cox, a 1976 graduate, won the 50/50 raffle prize, which he donated to the Cox Endowed Baseball Scholarship.

Following the silent auction and a buffet dinner prepared by Sodexo’s catering services, the live auction was conducted by Earl Bullard of B&W Auctions of Dillon, S.C. The auction items included dinner at the Chancellor’s Residence, UNCP-themed corn hole games and an airplane tour of Robeson County.

The event finale was the grand prize drawing for a Ford Focus or $8,500. Anticipation was high as the winning ticket was drawn by members of the volleyball team. The lucky winner of the grand prize was Pembroke True Value Hardware. The Locklear family, owners of Pembroke True Value Hardware, opted to receive the Ford Focus, courtesy of Lumberton Ford Lincoln.

Brian Russo, assistant director of development for athletics, thanked the evenings sponsors, whose support allowed more funds to go into scholarships.

“I would really like to thank Southeastern Regional Medical Center for their generous support of this event,” Russo said. “In addition to our presenting sponsor, the Braves Club would like to thank our corporate sponsors, auction donators and event attendees for helping to make this event a success.

“We hope you will join us again in 2013!” he said.

For more information about supporting UNCP athletics, contact Russo at 910.775.4339 or email russo@uncp.edu.

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