Play ball!

Aluminum City Rumble raises $3,000 for Family Resource Center

Is it a case of “jocks” and “eggheads?”

Not really, but Alcoa city employees have braggin’ rights for winning the Second Annual Aluminum City Rumble softball game, but the Alcoa School Board won the trivia game.

In the end, everyone was a winner at the Rumble, with more than $3,000 raised for the Family Resource Center.

The benefit softball game was held Aug. 27 and drew a large crowd to baseball field at Alcoa High School, Family Resource Center coordinator Judy Rice said.

“We had a good crowd; I’m guessing probably 300 people, maybe more, showed,” she said. “We raised a little over $3,000 and just had a wonderful time. It was great game, and the city won by one run, 7-6.”

Softball wasn’t the only game going on. During the third inning stretch a trivia game was held between the Alcoa City Council and the school board, and the school board won, Rice said.

Rice said the Aluminum Rumble provides funds for the Alcoa City Schools Family Resource Center to be able to address the needs of students and their families in Alcoa. “The center does not receive funds from the school system,” Rice said. “We are totally dependent on contributions from churches, civic groups and individuals to meet the needs of our students and their families.”

Rice said part of the proceeds, about $500, went to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. This event was sponsored by Alcoa Kiwanis Club and the Alcoa High School Key Club.

“Those two group sponsored the event and asked we include East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,” she said. “All proceeds went to help children, so we didn’t have a problem with them giving part of the proceeds to the hospital.”

Rice thanked the community for their support. “We had a lot of support from the city and from all of our teachers. We honored our teachers at this event and invited all our retired teachers to attend. They were called out on the field,” she said. “Their names were read off along with the number of years served. Then we also recognized our current teachers.”

Event sponsors for this year’s event included Best Drivers, Green Bank, Leon Shields Insurance, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Henry Lee, DDS, CBBC, Rapid Flow Propane, Doris Bailey, E. Tennessee Sports, Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic restaurant on Alcoa Highway, Mega Parties, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kroger, The Stafford Group, Alcoa First United Methodist Church, Christine Clark and the Alcoa High School Art Dept.

Rice also thanked the planning committee that was composed of Judge David Duggan, Ken Brown, faculty sponsor for the AHS Key Club; Kelli Stafford, parent volunteer; and Tricia Tipton, special projects coordinator for the City of Alcoa. “They worked long hours putting this event together, and I am very grateful to them,” Rice said.

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