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Bobby Bowden to speak at local school March 29


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  Creekside Christian Academy in McDonough is hosting a fundraising event later this month that will feature one of the best-known sports figures in the country.

  Bobby Bowden, the winningest coach in the history of college football, will be the special speaker at Creekside’s annual banquet scheduled for Saturday, March 29.

  Bowden is best known for the 34 years he spent as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles, where he won 389 games and two national championships. He holds the all-time record for wins as a coach, and his Seminoles finished in the top five in the nation a record 14 consecutive years. He retired from coaching after the 2009 season.

  He is also highly regarded for his Christian testimony, and he is a sought-after speaker by churches and other organizations.

  Creekside is hoping to fill its gymnasium, to be decorated that night for a formal event, and raise funds for various school programs but also raise its profile in the community.

  “Our whole purpose is to reach out into the community and educate people about Creekside and vital role we play,” said school business administrator Dennis Fanning. “We want people to come alongside us and partner with us to make that impression even better. The purpose of doing an event that is bigger than our school is to reach out beyond the school walls.”

  In existence since the mid-1970s, Creekside changed its name and moved from Morrow in the fall of 2007 to its current location on the campus of Pinecrest Baptist Church adjacent to Regal Cinemas. At that time the school had an enrollment of about 150, which has since skyrocketed to 680 in preschool through twelfth grade.

  “We have been blessed to grow as we have,” said Fanning. “We need more space, and we need people to join with us and help us continue to grow.”

  The evening’s schedule includes a VIP meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Bowden will speak at 7:30 and there will be a book signing at 8:30.

  The dinner menu is extensive and the entire event is formal/black tie optional.

  Sponsorships range in price from $500 to $3,000 and include various seat allotments and other amenities. There will be a pre-dinner VIP meet-and-greet with Bobby Bowden that includes a professional photo opportunity.

  General admission seats are $200 each and include access to the silent auction. A general admission ticket holder can purchase a VIP pass for $50.

  For $500 you can dine at Bobby Bowden’s table while seats are available. That ticket includes the VIP meet-and-greet.

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