Mayor Robert Smith and the Columbus City Council deserve praise for allowing the event to be held at The Columbus Riverwalk. Paul Hebert said when he met with Mayor Smith, he never hesitated and was behind the event 100% from the jump! Early Sunday morning, as volunteers and organizers readied the sound equipment, tables, chairs and auction items, vendors set up their trailers and booths and Columbus Public Works crews prepared the area for the event…Tina Watkins donated breakfast pizza, biscuits and other food items to feed the volunteers as they worked to get things ready. And Tina wasn’t the only one. Scott Farrell blanketed the town’s businesses to gain donated items for raffle…and he hit the jackpot. Many, many local businesses gave to the effort…unselfishly.
Farrell also got former Columbus Falcon and former Mississippi State Quarterback Tyson Lee to sign autographs at a meet & greet for the event. I mentioned Mike Pratt’s important role…but Columbus Fire Chief Ken Moore was also instrumental in helping organize the event. Rebecca Palmer was as well! Katie Harmon unselfishly gave of herself by helping raise $400.00 by selling t-shirts with the ‘seminole’ emblem on it.