By Monroe Roark
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
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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