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OTC Foundation 3rd Annual Gritz & Glitz Gala Fun & Successful

The 3rd annual Gritz & Glitz Gala was another memorable, glitzy occasion as over 150 people attended the event held at the Waycross Express Depot June 5, 2010, for an evening of fun to benefit Okefenokee Technical College students and programs.

In keeping with the theme, guests wore “gritz” (dressy casual) or “glitz” (black tie).  The social occasion began at 6:30 with delectable hors d’oeuvres. Tony Batten emceed the event and entertained guests with his inimitable charm. Entertainment began at 7 p.m. with Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton drawing the first card from the grand prize tumbler. Consolation prizes were awarded throughout the drawing to ticket holders eliminated from the tumbler.  

Two guests, Danny Yarbrough and Gilbert Ross, participated in the “Gritz or Glitz Game as part of the drawing.  Yarbrough won a ladies extreme toolbox (pink duct tape, etc.) donated by Amanda Morris Dryden and Jewell Sweat. Ross won an exclusive golf lamp donated by Farr’s Fine Furniture.

Eighty-three tickets had been drawn from the tumbler when the emcee stopped the drawing to discuss options with the remaining five ticket holders. Batten offered the finalists two options – continue with the drawing, risking all or nothing, or stop now and split the $5,000. In an unprecedented turn of events, the finalists decided to split the grand prize. The winners were Bennett Insurance Agency, Lee Container, PrimeSouth Bank, SouthFire Newspapers (Robert & Cheryl Williams), and Tony Tanner.

Guests bid on silent auction items and live auction items. In addition, many gala attendees were eligible to win a .22 riffle donated by Waycross Bank & Trust and a laptop donated by Dell Corporation. Dr. Craig Kubik won the laptop, and Paul Thein won the Ruger .22 rifle.

The highest bidder of the jewelry pieces donated by Steel’s Jewelry of Valdosta was Stacy Evans, also of Valdosta. As highest bidder, Mrs. Evans was allowed to choose among three gorgeous pieces, each valued at $1,000 or more. She chose the beautiful ladies prong set diamond necklace as her prize selection.

Rhythm Oil played favorite selections and had guests dancing until midnight. Jimmy Lamb provided beverages, including bottled Coke products donated by Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

The caterer, Jimbo’s Log Kitchen, provided a scrumptious selection of mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres that included roasted beef & pork with rolls, shrimp & grits, stuffed red skin potatoes, pasta bar with grilled chicken tenders, spicy chicken tenders, Spanish flan, chocolate covered strawberries, fresh fruit, pecan tassies, southern-style sweet tea, and much more.

George Farr won the $50 gift certificate to Schreiber’s Bootery, Dr. Peter Wrobel won the $50 gift card to J. Green & Company, Dave Griffin won the $50 gift certificate to Merle Norman, and Jack Lott won the $50 gift certificate to Cheers.

Various other gifts were awarded, including gift cards for massages, gift cards for golf at the Okefenokee Country Club, and top shelf wine.  Another popular prize was a $200 gift certificate to Crawford’s Jewelers.

Silent auction items valued at $500 or more included a portrait package donated by Professional Video & Photography, advertising on Qantum Communications radio stations donated by Qantum, corporate sponsorship of WACT donated by WACT, 4 Disney tickets donated by Disney, radio advertising on WWKB & WWUF donated by Mattox Broadcasting, and gift certificates donated by Vein Specialists of South Georgia.

Live auction items valued at $2,500 or more included a luxury collection pillowtop mattress set donated by Simmons and a beautiful gothic style Jasper curio cabinet donated by Lott’s Furniture.

Other live auction items included a Sapelo Island getaway donated by Bob & Rita Thompson, a Florida getaway at Amelia Island Plantation, a North Carolina getaway donated by Edwin Williams, a quail hunt donated by Lee Container, a choice of three exquisite pieces of jewelry valued at $1,000 or more to Steel’s Jewelry donated by Steel’s Jewelry, and a bistro set donated by the OTC Welding Department.

The gritz & glitz occasion raised over $15,000 which will help promote technical education and workforce development by providing scholarships and resources for OTC students and programs.

OTC Foundation trustees and OTC President Gail Thaxton, along with foundation director, Cindy Tanner, wish to sincerely thank gala donors, auction and door prize donors, event volunteers, guests, and everyone who purchased tickets and supported the auctions and other activities. Photos and a complete list of sponsors can be found at www.okefenokeetech.edu (click 2010 Gala). A special thanks goes to the following supporters:

Diamond Sponsors: Jeannetta’s Design Associates (Buford), IPG Architects & Planners (Valdosta), Monroe Foundation, Satilla Health Services, Satilla EMC, and Dr. Wade & Rosemary Strickland (Brunswick).

Emerald Sponsors: Alma Telephone Company; Bacon County Hospital & Health System; Bennett’s Hometown Pharmacy; Bennett Insurance Agency; CSX, Digestive Disease Consultants, P. C.; Ellis, Ricket and Associates (Valdosta); First National Bank South of Alma; Flash Foods; PrimeSouth Bank; Butch & Carol Shugart; and Billy & Gail Thaxton.

Diamond Auction Donors:
Lott’s Furniture, Simmons, Steel’s Jewelry (Valdosta), Bob & Rita Thompson (Brunswick), Qantum Communications.

Emerald Auction Donors:
Amelia Island Plantation, Edwin L. Williams, Jr., Lee Container, Mattox Broadcasting, Professional Video & Photography, SouthFire Newspapers, Vein Specialists of South Georgia, Walt Disney World Company, Waycross Area Community Theatre (WACT), and Welding & Auto Collision Repair Students.

Underwriting Sponsors:
Atlantic Advertising, Tony Batten, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Dell Corporation, Jim Fairley, Lutz, Brown, Peagler & Manley (Homerville), Signs by Joey, SouthFire Newspapers, Waycross Bank & Trust, Waycross Journal Herald, WAYX, Yarbrough’s Office Products and Printing.

Photos by Jim Fairley

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Every year at the gala, the five final ticket holders are given an opportunity to split the grand prize money ($5,000) or continue with the drawing until the last ticket is drawn and one person is named the winner. This year the event took a twist when the finalists decided to split the cash. As a result, each of the finalists will receive $1,000. The winning ticket holders are Bennett Insurance Agency (represented by Moi Monroe - L to R), Lee Container (represented by Deedee Thomas), PrimeSouth Bank (represented by Tess Aldridge), SouthFire Newspapers (represented by Carol Lee Youngblood), and Tony Tanner.

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OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton greeted guests as they entered the depot and gave an official welcome during the program. She also drew tickets from the tumbler throughout the grand prize drawing and ended the program by thanking all contributors for their donations and support.

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Tony Batten (left) was a delightful emcee, as always, as he entertained guests at the gala and conducted the live auction. Cindy Tanner (right) helped coordinate the various gala activities and is shown here in discussion with Batten.

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Dr. Craig Kubik was the winner of the Dell Latitude 2100 laptop donated by Dell Corporation. Tony Batten (left) presented Kubik with his prize.

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Tony Batten carefully checked Paul Thein’s card to determine if he is, in fact, the winner of the Ruger .22 that Waycross Bank & Trust donated to the Foundation. Turns out that Mr. Thein was the winner.

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The five finalists for the $5,000 prize are shown discussing their options. Moi Monroe (left), OTC Foundation trustee and representative for Ben Bennett of Bennett Insurance Agency, was the first to suggest splitting the loot. After a short discussion, everyone agreed that a sure thing was better than taking a chance. (L to R): Moi Monroe, Deedee Thomas, Tess Aldridge, Carol Lee Youngblood, and Tony Tanner.

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