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February
2017

EHS gets small piece of Auburn tradition

Eufaula Athletics release

Earlier this month, the Eufaula High School Athletic Boosters hosted the first annual Red and White night at Lakepoint Resort State Park. The evening was composed of a silent auction and seated dinner for a sold out crowd. The fundraiser included dynamic speeches by legendary, former Auburn University head football coach, Pat Dye, and Eufaula native, Los Angeles Ram's General Manager, Les Snead. The
highlight of the evening was a spontaneous donation by Coach Dye of a seedling tree from the
original Toomer's Corner Oaks, which was auctioned and sold for $1,000. The tree, purchased
by Mr. Snead, was then given back to the Boosters to plant on the Eufaula High School
Campus.
Snead shared, “I thoroughly enjoyed getting home and being at Lakepoint, a place where I
spent four years guarding lives or getting sun burned by the pool. I hadn't been back to
Lakepoint since our ten-year high school anniversary. I enjoyed getting back to the place, and
more importantly the people, who made an impact in my life, influenced me, taught, coached,
loved, and disciplined me. They didn't have to; but did. Because of what many did for me, I want
all of us to do the same for someone just like me or us.” With this sentiment in mind, after the
event, Snead extended a generous offer to help the schools' athletic programs even more.
Along with the gift of the seedling oak, Snead committed to match all donations of at least $25
given to the Boosters in association with the Toomer's Oak. Snead's challenge: “Let's do our
part!”
Thankful for this amazing opportunity, Athletic Director, Bryan Moore, and Booster President,
Mimi Jones, ask you to consider a one-time donation of $25 or more to the Eufaula Athletic
Boosters. “What an amazing opportunity Coach Pat Dye and Les Snead have provided for our
athletics department by providing the Toomer's Oak, as well as the financial support for the
student-athletes of Eufaula. This tree will not only bring about financial support but will create a
new tradition as well.” said Moore.
Moore continued, “Thanks for your willingness to support our kids and for donating to this cause.
Eufaula is a great city with incredible people, and I am so thankful to be a part of this incredible
town and its tradition.“ Matched donations will allow athletes in all sports to worry less about
finances and focus more fully on honing their abilities, elevating their competitive edge, and
enjoying their sport. As the oak tree continues to mature and grow on campus, it will be a
constant reminder of the support of the hundreds of student athletes who have found
camaraderie, purpose, and opportunity through competitive sports. Moore concluded, “ A special
thanks to the City of Eufaula Horticulture Department and Sherry Burchett for transporting and
planting the tree.”
The Eufaula Athletics Boosters is a non-profit, tax exempt organization. The club and their
fundraisers benefit all sports programs at both Eufaula High School and Admiral Moorer Middle
School. Donations may be sent to Eufaula High School, 530 Lake Drive, Eufaula, Alabama
36027, ATTN: Eufaula Athletic Boosters.