Your opinion: Sept. 19, 2018

Published 11:23 am Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Schley auction a great success

I want to commend Nancy McMath Young, President, and all members of the Ellaville-Schley County Historical Society for conducting a very successful benefit Auction on Saturday, September 15 at the Thomas Wall American Legion in Ellaville. I would also like to thank the Lonesome Road Bluegrass Gospel Band for providing entertainment for the event. Special thanks also go to Larry Wall for preparing the delicious Bar-B-Que that everyone enjoyed for dinner. Over 150 lbs of BBQ was sold at the event. Thanks to BO Barrow of Barrow Guns in Butler for donating a Ruger Semi-Automatic 22 Rifle for the raffle. Net proceeds for the Auction, BBQ, quilt raffle, gun raffle and 50/50 raffle totaled over $8,000.
Over 200 items were donated for the auction by area businesses, industry, historical society members and local individuals. Items included everything from an antique china cabinet donated by Ellaville Mayor Leah Clark, a John Deere Bicycle donated by the John Deere Dealership in Americus, a sunset over water painting painted by local artist Eva Clark, a Georgia Bulldog Wreath donated by Jimmy and Mary Anne Phillips, a pair of cross wall hangings made from the Historic Dooly County Campground donated by Susan and Tommy DeVane to a yearly subscription donated by The Americus Times-Recorder.
A very special thanks to the Auction Committee whose members are too numerous to mention. The committee was so efficient that they organized, displayed, numbered and set up the auction within three hours. The clerk, cashiers, displayers and ring men did an excellent job to make the auction both exciting and fun. Thanks to their diligent work, we were able to complete the auction in 3 hours.
Over 100 people attend the Annual Auction and BBQ to show support for the organization’s continuing efforts to preserve our past. I would like to thank all the supporters who attended the auction each year, as well as all the businesses and industries throughout Schley County and surrounding areas that donate goods and services each year for this worthy cause. Without your continued support, preservation efforts would not be possible.
It is important that we preserve the history of Ellaville and Schley County. Preservation of the Schley County Courthouse has been completed and is just the first step. Think about all the local historic homes, churches, businesses and cemeteries in Schley County that might disappear forever without your help with preservation and conservation efforts. he Ellaville/Schley County Historical Society provides an excellent venue for preservation efforts to begin.
John T. Greene, coordinator
Georgia Family Connection, Schley County Collaborative