Super Bowl Champion coach and best-selling author Tony Dungy will headline a fundraising event for East Central Community College at 7 p.m., March 28, 2014, in the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.
“Laying the Foundation: An Evening With Coach Tony Dungy” will serve as a fundraiser for a new Football Operations Center on the Decatur campus and will feature a silent auction including sports memorabilia, a meal and comments from Coach Dungy.
Estimated to cost $4.8 million, the new facility will be located in the north end of Bailey Stadium and will include a state-of-the-art weight room and athletic training facility for all student-athletes. Also included in the plans is a $1 million turf field to replace the existing grass surface.
Individual tickets for the special fundraising event are $125 each ($100 per ticket if purchased prior to December 31, 2013) and will be on sale beginning Monday, December 2, through the office of the ECCC Foundation and Alumni Relations. Tickets may also be purchased on-line via the college website at www.eccc.edu or from the following alumni located throughout the college’s five-county service area:
Leake County: Matt Riley (601) 298-0723; Aubry Cox (601) 267-0065;
Neshoba County: Bob Posey (601) 389-3316; Guy Nowell (601) 575-2752;
Newton County: Emilie Smith (601) 616-8802; Mark Killens (601) 616-3495;
Scott County: Granville Freeman (601) 469-0208; Gary Risher (769) 274-7407; and
Winston County: Speedy Calvert (662) 803-5546.
Information regarding the pick-up/delivery of tickets purchased prior to December 31 will be communicated in January 2014. It is anticipated that tickets will be mailed, picked up from the alumni assisting with ticket sales, or picked up from the ECCC Foundation and Alumni Relations office.
“We are convinced that the completion of this facility and field has the potential to positively affect the future of Warrior athletics for many years,” said Dr. Billy W. Stewart, ECCC President. “First and foremost, its construction will impact each of the five commitments our institution has made as a component of 2020 Vision. Second, it has the potential to seamlessly connect our athletic facilities to the college and our community the EC Way – Excellence with Class. Third, the construction of this facility will set us apart from our peers and enhance our reputation as a training ground for excellence. And fourth, this facility will provide a place to further develop our student-athletes in all four phases of their life – intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially.”
Coach Dungy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon. He led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007 and established an NFL first by leading his teams to the playoffs for 10 consecutive years.
Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Prison Crusade Ministry, and All Pro Dad. He also works with Basket of Hope, the Black Coaches Association National Convention, Indiana Black Expo, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the American Diabetes Association.
He retired from coaching in 2008 and now serves as an analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of seven children.
Serving as corporate sponsors for the event are Rush Health Systems (Gold Sponsor), Anderson Regional Medical Center (Silver Sponsor) and Valley Services, Inc. (Bronze Sponsor).
In addition to event sponsors, opportunities are available for table sponsorships. For more information on opportunities to serve as a table sponsor, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, Executive Director for Foundation and Alumni Relations, at 601-635-6327 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.