More than 100 people turned out Saturday morning, May 21, to enjoy good food for a great cause during the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association pancake breakfast at Texas Roadhouse.
Geneva Harrison, president of the association, was pleased with the turnout and thanked Texas Roadhouse for hosting the event at their restaurant. “It went great. We had at least 100 people, which was good at that time of morning,” she said.
The fundraiser is for scholarships that the alumni association gives each year to deserving students. The scholarships were one of the first things the group started when they formed in 1990, giving out two awards in 1991. This year, they will award eight scholarships at their annual banquet.
“We are awarding $11,400 in scholarships on July 2 at the annual Charles M. Hall Annual Scholarship Banquet as we celebrate our 20th year,” said Harrison. “We are only $4,000 from giving $100,000 in scholarships. We have given over $96,000 in scholarships since we organized.”
The banquet is also a fundraiser. Tickets are $35 each, and Harrison said sales are going well. “Ticket sales are great. We usually have more than 400 people,” she said.
Marva Reed, resource development chair, said the July 2 banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at the Airport Hilton. She said the following recipients will be recognized during the banquet: Xavier Cale, Karnes High School; Renchel Davis, Alcoa High School; Lisa Marie Schwartz, Alcoa High School; Jesseca Wilson, Alcoa High School; Morgan Johnson, Maryville High School; Allie Porter-Garrett, Maryville High School; Chaz Barnes, Alcoa High School; and Kameelah Shereef, Alcoa High School.
The class of 1960 will be celebrating their 50th reunion at the banquet. Soul Connection from Knoxville will entertain the alumni and guests.
Reed said the deadline for tickets is June 19. For information or to buy tickets, contact Barbara Gaines at 865-984-9659 or Reed at 865-980-9527.
Another benefit will be the second annual Wade Houston Golf Tournament on Aug. 14 at Pine Lakes Golf Course. Honorary chair Lynn Swann with be the special guest at the tournament.
“Lynn Swann is a former All-Pro wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and 2001 Pro Football Hall of Fame member,” Harrison said. “He was born in Alcoa and still has family here.”
Harrison said the Charles M. Hall School was closed in 1968 and students moved to Alcoa High School. The facility was reopened as a junior high, converted to a middle school and is now the Alcoa City Center.