On Friday, September 9, 200 people gathered in Edwards Commons for the first annual Gridiron Gala, a benefit for student scholarships.
Partygoers enjoyed a dinner of salad, filet mignon, salmon fillet, green beans with caramelized red onion, potatoes duchesse and mocha apple cake.
Those attending bid on silent auction items ranging from handcrafted pottery to a one-day duck hunt to original art, a set of beer mugs, an antique commode and more. They also bid in a live auction for dinner parties, a weekend at Oaklawn or horseback riding in the Ozarks, a girls’ weekend in Little Rock, a year’s family membership at The Course at Eagle Mountain, a handmade cherry jewelry chest, a caving trip, the game ball from the Lyon Scots football team’s first victory, a wine cabinet and an appearance of the Lyon College Pipe Band at an event of the buyer’s choice.
Drawing top interest were a custom-designed piece of jewelry by master jeweler Christo Kiffer of Sissy’s Log Cabin in Little Rock, a weekend at Talladega for the Sparks Energy 300 XFINITY Series race and the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup and a week at a three-bedroom villa on the ocean at Turks and Caicos Island.
Honorary chairs of the event were Fred and Linda Wann, who both worked at Lyon for many years and have been tireless volunteers since their retirement.
Major supporters included F&F Construction Co., The Hatcher Agency, Mr. J. D. Simpson III, Dr. and Mrs. Donald Weatherman, Mr. Charles Whiteside III, the Bank of Cave City, The Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Ray LaCroix, Sodexo Campus Services and White River Health System.
“Scholarships are essential for Lyon College,” said Donald Weatherman, president of Lyon College.
“Half of our students come from low-income families, and a third are the first in their families to go to college.”
Between need-based and merit scholarships, Lyon provides over $10 million in institutional aid to its students annually, in addition to federal and state aid.
“We try not to let cost keep any high-ability student who wants to attend from joining the Lyon student body,” Weatherman concluded.
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