December 5, 2020

Record-Setting Silent Auction at HCHS

Pictured above (L-R): Brave head coach Tim Barron, raffle winner Becky Carlisle, sponsor Hazel Reeves, and athletic Director Shane Lasseter

(Franklin, GA) — A record-setting amount of money was raised during the 11th Annual Heard County Braves Athletic Booster Club Silent Auction on April 28 at Heard County High School.

As always, a tasty dinner was served up by Chef Tillman and the Heard High Culinary Arts department followed by the always interesting and entertaining process of auctioning off various donated items for bids in the school cafeteria.

Additionally, cash prize cash raffle giveaways made the event extra exciting for all those with tickets.

Former 1980’s-90’s Brave coach and athletic director Norris Vaughan delivered the keynote speech to all of those in attendance.

Coach Vaughan commented about all facility changes and upgrades to the school system he experienced during an afternoon tour with Franklin Mayor Joel Rogers and reflected on his time with the Braves.

“I have coached for over 30 years in a lot of different places and had a lot of success, but no place was ever been more fulfilling for me and my family than Heard County,” said Vaughan. “You just don’t get the community involvement in other parts of the country like you do here in the south. This is one of the greatest places I have ever lived or ever coached at and the Heard County people are some of the best people I’ve ever known or met.”

In the raffle drawings, Heard County BOC Chairman Lee Boone was the big winner of the night as his name was drawn for the grand prize of $2500 in cash.

Guest Speaker former Brave coach Norris Vaughan (R) with his wife Ellen (L) and Edward Potts (C)

The $1000 prize went to Mr. Brian Harden while $500 prizes went to Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry, Dan Porter, and Becky Carlisle.

The large crowd in attendance found some amazing bargains on various and unique items donated by local businesses and citizens.

Lots of great deals were to be had on various sports-related items as well as some cool gift baskets containing all sorts of assorted themed items.

Every donated item was auctioned off and according to HHS Athletic Director Shane Lasseter an all-time record $32,000 was raised for the Heard High athletic programs.

“We would like to thank all of the parents and people that come together to make this event such a success this year,” Lasseter said following the event.

“A huge thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and special thanks to Mrs. Lori Cabe and Coach D.J. Curbow for all of the work they put into this event. We would also like to thank Chef Tilman and his culinary arts students along with the CTAE department. We had a large crowd this year and we are especially grateful that Coach Vaughn came down and addressed those in attendance.”

Some of the items auctioned off included cash mystery prizes, autographed college football jerseys, wooden signs, golf baskets, a 2008 Kawasaki Teryx 750cc, autographed Heard County team and band photos, a window chalkboard, and a coin collector case.

Gold Sponsors for the 11th annual auction included All-Pro Diesel, the Heard County High School CTAE department, B&S Farms, Waymon Jones, The Beaubien Family, Michael and Melody Cheney, and Georgia Container.

Silver sponsors were Newnan Bonding Company, H&W Reeves Farm, Marsh Siding and Gutters, and Hannah Electric.

Beck Facility Services, Stephens and Stephens Accounting, Sheriff Ross Henry, Benjamin Hyatt & Julie Pope, and J&R Construction were the bronze sponsors.

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