By Cindy Jo Ayers
Red Velvet is Janet Bradley’s specialty and most people who attend local fundraising functions gladly bid on her cake. Bradley’s Red Velvet cake brought over $2000 last Thursday evening at the Trenton Baseball Cake Auction. The Red Velvet was purchased by a group representing the “Other Two Time State Championship Teams, Trenton Football.” The buyers were A-1 Pest Control,Marty Sanchez, Max and Wilda Long, Greg Sanchez, Brenda and Jerry Brown, Smith Law, Scott Guthrie, Drummond Bank, Gilchrist County Journal, Smith Assets, Property Appraiser Damon Leggett, Rantz Smith Farms, Brad Smith’s United Country Realty, Terry Parrish, Clif Bradley and Hardee Farms.
Terry Parrish who headed up the buy said, “This cake was purchased in honor of longtime Trenton Football and Baseball Coach Tommy Malloy.” On Friday morning the Red Velvet cake was presented to the staff at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center as a thank you for taking good care of the much loved local coach.
The late Coach Malloy had two grandsons on the 2017 State Championship Baseball Team, Chase Malloy and Jacob Gutherie. His other grandson Corbyn Pugh coached J.V. Baseball this year at Trenton.
Trenton’s own Brooks Parrish auctioned off some 45 cakes during the event. Parrish did a great job collecting every single dollar possible from the bidders. He joked with the crowd during the event, saying “Let’s help our State Championship Baseball Team buy their hardware (aka championship rings) so they can show them off all over the Tri-County area.”
Todd Newton, the Gilchrist County Clerk of Court, purchased the first cake of the evening for $110. Later in the auction most cakes were going for nearly $200 each. Elaine Jones’ son purchased her wonderful sour cream pound cake for $250.00.
Every type homemade Southern cake was represented, everything from a Pea Pickin’ Cake to Mae Bryant’s Crack Cake was on the auction block. Ginger Fuller even gave away free samples of her outstanding Coconut Pound Cake.
Adam Burton, the Tiger Baseball Coach, thanked those attending the auction for their support at the auction and during the entire season.
All total, over $8,500 was raised from the cake auction. The raffle tickets were still being tallied at the events end.
(See additional photo on page 8)