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Alumni games raise over $20,000 and still counting

Saturday, January 26, 2013

State Gazette photo/courtesy of Roger Smith Photography One of the beneficiaries of the proceeds raised at the alumni games was Robert Cupples (front). A longtime educator as well as official, Cupples posed with members of the Northwest Tennessee Officials Association prior to the first game on Saturday.
On Saturday, Jan. 19 at DCHS the Dyer County community once again turned out in large numbers for the 2nd annual Alumni basketball games. The outcomes of the contests featuring former players from DHS and DCHS were far less important than the reason the contests were held, but still the games were played.

When the night was complete and the games over, Dyer County reigned supreme in both the women's as well the men's contests, but the biggest winners of the night were the families the benefit games were held for in the first place.

The beneficiaries of the over $22,000 raised during the event were Robert Cupples, the Stahlman family and the late Monica Permenter.

A banner dedicated to the late Taylor Stahlman was placed on the gym wall at DCHS.
The crowd, estimated at over 2,000 people, turned out to support their neighbors in need. The community response to the second annual event left Sara Jo Ferguson feeling thankful.

"We have such a great community and to see so many people come out and support what we are doing was just awesome. I was happy with the whole night in general," said Ferguson, who along with Tara Butler Vick organized the alumni games. "We want to help people that are going through tough times and these games are a great way to do just that."

The event, though only in its second year, was one that continues to get better, something Ferguson hopes will continue in the future. Next year the event is scheduled to move back to DHS and Ferguson is already thinking of how to make it bigger and better.

"We're going to create a board for next year so that we can get some help in making it better," added Ferguson. "Next year we'll have more sponsors and we're going to try to take it to another level. We've done great so far but there is so much more we can add to the event to make it bigger and better."

While the event was a success for the second straight year, there are some 2nd annual Alumni game T-shirts still available, but they're going fast according to Ferguson. She also said that donations are still coming in and the total raised is still rising.

"We've got some shirts left that we are still selling and we have money still coming in for these families," said Ferguson. "I just think it's great the way we all come together as a community when we are needed and I know all of the families really appreciate our efforts."

For those interested in purchasing an Alumni game T-shirt, they are available at the Sonic office in downtown Dyersburg. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youth sizes.

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