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Tim Hunter Benefit at Hail Mary in Grayson Exceeds Expectations

A benefit at the Hail Mary Bar and Grill in Grayson on Saturday raised more than $16,000 for the Tim Hunter Fund.

- Exceeded our 10k Goal.  This benefit raised OVER $16k.

What started out being a gloomy day ended up being perfect.  We want to thank Blake Hawkins - of Hail Mary's Pub because without our initial conversation, his expertise, knowledge and support throughout this drive we would had not been as successful THANK YOU!. Having the full support of pub partners, Roger, Mark, Rob and Doug....THANK YOU !  Your friendly staff is always there to serve and chat along with us. The place was over run with customers... Much appreciation, THANK YOU!

THANK YOU! SYSCO and EAGLE rock for providing the all the food, beer and McDonalds breakfast for the volunteers. It was awesome! And plenty of it.

THANK YOU! for publishing news articles for the benefit -  Sharon, Gail with the Grayson Patch, Cheryl with the Gwinnet Citizen. Janette from Compelling signs for our banner.

THANKS! To all SILENT AUCTION contributors. With well over 100 auction items. I believe we sold everything.  We had quite an array of merchandise from community business, restaurants, friends, family's and schools. GRAYSON HIGH SCHOOL staff contributed 10 or more large auction, baskets duffle bags of items...THANK YOU!

The CORNHOLE Tournament was a SUCCESS. With 30 teams - 4 lanes - double elimination monitored by Rob R.  To my Team mate Larry "COMA" Crowely, we won 2 lost 2... thats because my balance was off just a bit. I blame that on my previous ankle injuries.... Next time we tape them up.  CONGRATULATION to the first, second, third and forth place winners.  THANKS to ALL participant.

THANK YOU! all our Volunteers- fence crew - Joey, Larry, Tim, Todd, Mike P, Mike R, Steve, Ben and others. Auction assistants and registration table. Lisa, Trish, Laurie, Nikki, Christine, Jana... Hope I didn't forget anybody.

THANK YOU Hunter Family!  Bill Hunter, John and Karen Bloxum and Gail Begley for making the trip and support you have given us.. We appreciate all the support you have provided to us.

THANK YOU! To my wife Lisa and Tracy's husband Daryle for putting up with Tracy and I siting behind our computers the many hours, texting one another and phone calling through odd hours in the morning and evening for the past 6 weeks.   This was a challenge - we persevered  with great success.  "We are all your now".... But - I have much bigger plans for next year.

Today is a beautiful blue sunny day here in Lawrenceville GA.  What makes this day great is that, I can say that we are very pleased with the outcome. Tim Hunter would be proud - you are my ambition and you are here today.

This all being said - I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Blake, Tracey and I were up for the benefit especially after finding out that Tim Hunter friends  in New Jersey had a benefit 2 weeks ago which raised $10K.. I had the idea that we would reach that goal 2 weeks ago.  We not only reached it but we over exceeded.  This benefit raised OVER $16k. and anticipating to possibly reaching $18k with additional auction item sales this week.

We are very pleased with this outcome - didn't think it was going to this high. We appreciate everyone's support for the Joanne Hunter and children, Sydney, Jack, Jane and Sam.

Thanks to ALL,

Craig - Tracy - Blake

(Contributed by Craig Shapiro)

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Friends Organize Benefit for Tim Hunter

Joanne Hunter March 01, 2013 at 01:26 PM
To Craig Shapiro & Tracy Glover, You both are beyond good friends.....God puts people in your path sometimes for a brief moment.....with you two it is for Life! I was blessed many years ago to have met you both! Without you two over the last 8 weeks I don't know where me & the kids would be....surely not in the place we are now. While we still struggle sometimes, muddle through the days...we know, like really really KNOW you have our backs! When someone you love leaves you.....you are so lost....you dont know where you "fit" anymore.....but with you two I know, I can just keep going....with sobbing tears some days but all 5 of us are walking, & walking upright at that! I love you both so much....Tim loved you guys too.....my nutjob, crazy, goofey husband loved you both so much....as I do too ox, Joanne Hunter
Joanne Hunter March 01, 2013 at 01:31 PM
To Blake Hawkins, You my friend are priceless. You make me smile, you hold my hand when I cry, you leave me alone when I need to be still, you visit when you know (like with esp) I need a buddy but YOU make me laugh when I didn't think I ever could again. I love you for that Blake. What you & the friday "motley crew" did for me & the kids last Saturday was beyond AMAZING! Hail Marys was a buzz of excitement, joy, fun & love. We all felt it! I've said before that God puts people in your path for a brief moment or for longer & sometimes life. I saw the goodness in your heart & spirit as soon as we met long ago.....I've gotten to know you better everyday & just want you to know "you're a keeper" Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the way you went out of your way to do something for me & my family.....lov u ox Joanne & kids

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