About 300 people attended an event aimed at raising money for capital needs at North Surry High School which fall outside the realm of normal school expenditures.
According to Deidre Rogers, the Greyhound Foundation’s Greyhound Gala — “Boots & Bling” event raised more than $20,000 for expenses at the school in its second year. The event was held at Cross Creek Country Club Saturday evening and included a silent auction and a live auction.
In the past, the non-profit organization, which was formed in 2004, has provided funding for projects such as the weight room and concession building, the Walk of Champions, softball field lights, baseball dugouts, safety mats in the school’s gymnasium, the football scoreboard, paved paths to the baseball and softball fields, new sod on the football field, a new trophy case in the lobby at the school and new scoreboards in the gymnasium, according to Rogers.
The organization also sponsors scholarships for graduates, and Rogers said bricks are still for sale for the Walk of Champions.
The Greyhound Foundation has set goals for funding backstops at the softball and baseball fields, break-away basketball rims and even a new press box at Charles Atkins Stadium, stated Rogers.
“These projects are quite expensive, and we still have a long way to go,” noted Rogers.
Rogers, who co-chaired Saturday’s event along with F.A. Martin, indicated the event drew a wide array of North Surry graduates. Donna Hayes, from the class of 1964, was the earliest graduate in attendance, and Bart Vernon, from the class of 1980, traveled from Utah to attend.
Rogers stated many local businesses and individuals pitched in to donate more than 100 items for the silent auction and five for the live auction. Twenty-five tables at the event were sponsored, and the Will Jones Band provided entertainment.
She also noted the event took much work from dedicated members of the foundation.
“Many people put in months of time and effort to make the event an amazing success,” stated Rogers. “The committee would like to say a huge shout of thanks and appreciation to all who donated or participated in any way.”
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.