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Lynn Swann, Houstons help raise money for Hall scholarship

The Charles M. Hall School Alumni Association raised more than $10,000 for scholarships during two days of events featuring Lynn Swann, Allan and Wade Houston.

Swann, an Alcoa native and Hall School alum who went on to become an NFL great with the Pittsburg Steelers, was honorary chair of the Wade Houston Celebrity Golf Tournament at Pine Lakes Golf Course.

On Aug. 13, Swann was talked to students at Alcoa High School. That evening, Swann was a lively and fun featured guest at a reception in his honor at The Capitol Theater in Maryville.

Leslie Valentine-Kane helped organize the events. “Friday was wonderful. It exceeded our expectations. I think Mr. Swann was extremely pleased as far as the reception,” she said. “We also got a wonderful response to the golf tournament. By the day of golf tournament, we had 22 teams.”

Logan Hill, an active member with the Hall School Alumni Association, praised the organizers of the reception. “The reception was fantastic. There was lot of work that went into it, and the people I talked to were very, very pleased,” he said. “We had over 100 people there.”

Hill also praised the staff at The Capitol Theater. “They were very, very helpful. We had a concept, and they had the expertise in terms of laying it out,” he said. “Their help was immeasurable in terms of making it flow and look good. You can’t say enough about the staff at the Capitol.”

Hill thanked Swann for coming to the event. “Lynn Swann did a fantastic job of really being available to everyone,” he said. “In addition, Steve Samples really helped by leading the live auction. We made money because of his ability to generate excitement. That auction generated a lot of buzz and that helped us beat our monetary objective.”

Hill said it appeared they netted more than $10,000 for the reception and golf tournament. “In terms of the reception, we’re probably going to net about $6,000 and with the golf tournament we should do at least $5,000, so we’re talking about $11,000. We made $7,000 last year, so we upped it, which is fantastic.”

Hill said all the money is going to scholarships for next year and beyond. “We want to congratulate everyone who participated and those who helped put on the program,” he said. “Special thanks should go out to Charter Communications who was our platinum sponsor this year.”

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