The summer of 2011 was successful for the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association as more than 300 turned out for the annual scholarship banquet in July. Supporters then rallied in August to raise $10,000 to fund more scholarships for graduating seniors preparing to pursue a college education.
On Aug. 12, the alumni association held a reception at the Clayton Center for the Arts honoring Nikki McCray, the honorary chair of this year’s Wade Houston Golf Tournament. Although the reception was held the same night as the high school football jamboree at Maryville High School, tournament coordinator Logan Hill said there was still a good group of folks present.
“The reception was very successful, even with the Jamboree occurring. We had a crowd of over 60 people enjoying the festivities. Allan Houston and Nikki McCray were very good in interacting and greeting the people,” he said. “Both talked about the need to support education of our youth in the community and their commitment to continue to be involved with this project in the future.”
Hill said items auctioned included items signed by Randall Cobb, coach Pat Summitt, coach Cuonzo Martin, coach Derek Dooley, Allan Houston and Nikki McCray. About $3,000 was raised at the reception, including the auction, he said.
The next day during the golf tournament at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Louisville, a total of about $7,000 was raised. “So net is about $10,000 for reception and the golf tournament,” Hill said. “This is money for scholarships we give to graduating high school seniors in the community, and it covers all of Blount County and in some cases it covers children of former Hall High School students.”
Hill said 68 players participated in the Third Annual Wade Houston Golf Tournament at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Louisville. There were three flight winners.
First flight winner: Kevin Teeters, Larry Dockery, Gary Bledsoe and Kenny Lewis.
Second flight winner: Gary Miller, Johnny Wilson, Dino Allen and Kevin Shockley
Third flight winner: Jason Smith, Joshua Bettie, Kyle Money and Deryk Shockley
Hill said Allan Houston and Nikki McCray both played and took pictures with all the teams as well as members of the Hall Alumni Association. “Again, their participation and support continues to make this tournament successful and a major contributor to the scholarship efforts of the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association,” he said.
Sponsors for the golf tournament included Charter Communication, Fairways and Greens Golf Training Facility, Foothills Bank & Trust and Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and a host of hole sponsors and friends.
Earlier this spring, the annual Charles M. Hall Alumni Association scholarship banquet was held at the Airport Hilton and organizers were pleased with the turnout.
“We had about 300 people, and it was one of our best ever,” said Hill.
Hill said every year, the class celebrating their 50th reunion hosts the banquet.
“This year it was the Class of 1961, and their program was outstanding. It was both funny and entertaining, and it really generated lot of enthusiasm and lot of accolades from the audience,” he said. “We gave out four scholarships this year to individuals in Alcoa, William Blount and Maryville high schools as well as a young lady from Mississippi.”
Hill said it that Hall School alumni understand the importance of giving back. “This is a way for those of us who went to Hall High who understand the importance of education can help these kids who need as much financial aid as they can get to go on and get their education,” he said. “The scholarships benefit both the receiver and giver. It makes us feel good to be able to help these kids.”