Sisters benefit raises nearly $11,000

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Rotary Club donates dictionaries Troy Elementary School third grader’s eyes lit up when they found out what the Troy Rotary Club had to give… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 10:17 am Thursday, October 23, 2008 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sisters benefit raises nearly $11,000 Latest Stories Next Up“We wanted to do this for Alex and we are proud that the community turned out the way that it did. Pike County is a very caring county and people always step up where there’s a need. And, when a child is involved, people really pull together. It was overwhelming.”The restaurant was packed for about three hours and the parking lot and surrounding grounds were filled to overflowing. Cars were parked along busy Highway 231.“When I went to bed Tuesday night I thanked the Lord for so many caring people and that there were no traffic accidents,” Umbehagen said. “That was a worry for me.” Pike Countians have a proud tradition of caring and has been no more evident than Tuesday night. Many more than 600 people packed Sisters Restaurant for a benefit supper in support of little Alex Morgan and his family.The benefit raised $10,737.24 to assist with the medical expenses of Alex, a first-grade student at Banks Primary School who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.“We knew that there would be a big crowd because the teachers at Alex’s school were involved but we had no idea there would be that many people,” said Geraldine Umbehagan, co-owner of business with her sister, Pat Rogers. “We tried to keep up with the tickets but it was so crowded that the waitresses were just handing us money. So, we don’t have any idea how many people. We just know we had 600 tickets. Sponsored Contentcenter_img Sisters has had benefits suppers for Relay for Life and the Humane Society of Pike County and the response has been good. But nothing like the benefit for Alex.Mark Head, principal of Banks Schools, expressed appreciation to Sisters for their support of “this special little boy.”“Alex is the kind of little boy that every teacher wants to have,” he said. “He’s just that kind of kid. He’s always happy and smiling and just a pleasure to have in class. He’s special to all of us.”Mary Adams, secretary at Banks Primary School, said the phone had been ringing almost constantly Wednesday morning with calls from people who wanted to make a donation to Alex and his family. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article “A lot of people weren’t able to go to the spaghetti supper and they wanted to know how they could help,” Adams said. “A fund has been set up at Troy Bank & Trust in the name of Kim or Alex Morgan and that’s the information that I have been giving out.”Alex’s teacher, Alithia Gunter said his classmates adore him and there’s not a day that goes by that they don’t talk about Alex.“What they know is that Alex is sick and in the hospital,” she said. “They are very optimistic that he will be back soon and I encourage that optimism and faith. Alex is a very special little fellow and he is always in our conversations. His classmates make cards for him and bring presents. They always want to do something for him. They certainly haven’t forgotten about him.”Gunter said the ideas for the benefit originated with Trevor Bryan, “Alex’s best buddy.”“Trevor started the whole thing because he wanted to do something good for Alex,” she said. “His grandmother and her sister own Sisters and his mother, Judy, works there. She came up with the idea of selling ‘Apples for Alex’ at the restaurant.”Gunter said one day Judy Bryan approached the teachers at Banks Primary about a benefit spaghetti supper and asked if they would be willing to help.“Of course, we were all very proud to have the opportunity to do something like that for Alex and his family,” Gunter said. “It all started with ‘Apples for Alex’ and went from there and the response has been overwhelming.” Book Nook to reopen Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Women of Troy prepare for Arizona doubleheader

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team hopes to bounce back from a pair of tough losses against top-10 conference opponents as it takes on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday at 7 p.m. and the University of Arizona Wildcats on Sunday at 2 p.m.High hopes · Sophomore guard Ariya Crook and the Women of Troy are looking to snap a two-game losing streak as the team returns home. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (7-10, 4-2 in the Pac-12) competed until the end against both No. 7 Cal and No. 6 Stanford, losing 71-63 to the Golden Bears in overtime and 75-66 to the Cardinal. The Golden Bears came back from a six-point deficit to force the game into overtime, then held USC without a field goal in the extra period. Junior forward Cassie Harberts scored 15 points for USC, while junior forward Kate Oliver added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Cal’s forward Gennifer Brandon finished with 23 points (15 in the second half) and 26 rebounds, while guard Layshia Clarendon added 27 points (six in overtime).USC overcame a 33-20 deficit at halftime to cut Stanford’s advantage to as low as six points, but was unable to take the lead, despite scoring 46 points in the second half. Harberts finished with 21 points, her 18th straight game with double-digit scoring this season, while sophomore guard Ariya Crook added 18 and sophomore forward Alexyz Vaioletama scored 10 points. Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds, while Joslyn Tinkle scored 15 points.“I think we’re at a really good place and time right now during conference,” Harberts said. “We went up there 4-0, so I thought that was a really good start. We had a chance to take two of the top-10 teams down, and I think even though we came up short in both games, it showed true character in who we are right now. We don’t give up.”Arizona State (10-8, 2-4 Pac-12) and Arizona (11-6, 3-3 Pac-12) are both coming off a pair of games against No. 20 Colorado (15-2, 4-2 Pac-12) and Utah (10-7, 1-5 Pac-12).Colorado beat both Arizona State and Arizona, winning 57-43 and 79-36, respectively. The Utes, meanwhile, defeated the Sun Devils 66-46 (their first Pac-12 win of the season) and lost to Arizona, 62-58.The Sun Devils are led by forwards Janae Fulcher and Joy Burke. Fulcher leads the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds. Burke is averaging 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.Senior guard Davellyn White leads the Wildcats with 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while junior guard Kama Griffitts is averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.“I think we’re more focused right now on the short-term goals,” associate head coach Daron Park said. “We’ve taken the mentality right now that the next game on our schedule is the most important game of the season. That’s the way we’re preparing. That’s what our approach is for, so right now, Arizona State on Friday night is the most important game of the season.”USC swept both Arizona and Arizona State last season, winning 60-48 and 59-53 in two matchups against the Sun Devils, while defeating the Wildcats by scores of  72-67 and 78-62.last_img read more

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