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Showdown has record ticket sales

The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County had a record number of ticket sales for the 6th annual Scholarship Showdown.
The event was held at the Suwannee River Fair barn in Fanning Springs on Friday, August 10.
Those attending enjoyed a wonderful catered meal by Cowboyz Bar-B-Q and Catering out of Archer. The evening started off with a social time followed by Damon Leggett, the Ed Foundation President, announcing the winners of the gun raffle. Those lucky gun winners were Jim Hudson, Heather Marczynski, Clif Bradley, Greg Leggett, and Tiffany Bodiford.
Jay Lindsey won the recliner that was donated by Complete Sleep and Furnishings.
Bill Martin won the 50/50 drawing which was $410 and Jose Cintron won the last chance drawing at the end of the evening.
A total of 250 dinner/showdown tickets were sold which is a record for this event. Because of the high ticket sales, the Showdown gleaned over $17,000 for the Education Foundation this year.
Throughout the Showdown portion of the event, random tickets were picked to win cash prizes. Those winners included Cory Nowling who won $100, KayLee Beauchamp won $250, John Ferguson won $500, Tiffany Bodiford won $750, and Terry Parrish won $1000.
When only five numbers remained on the Showdown Board, Leggett asked those holding those tickets to stand. The ticket holders were asked if they wanted to split the money five ways and each take home $500 or if they wanted the game to proceed to the final outcome where the winner would take home $2,500. The five ticket holders decided to split the money five ways. The final five were Marilyn Thompson, TRC Properties (Clif Bradley) Larry Thompson, Don Thomas and Cindy Jo Ayers.
Leggett let the game proceed so everyone would know who would have won the big pot if the five remaining players had not chosen to split the $2,500 five ways. Cindy Jo Ayers had the final number at the showdown, lucky number 8.
Table sponsors this year were 83 Farms, Alliance Dairies Group, BHS Class of 1998, BMP Logic, Capital City Bank, Central Florida Electric, Custom Pine Straw, Duke Energy, Gilchrist Auto Parts, Hair Performance, Nature’s Resource products, Palms Medical Group, Pirates of 40, Smith Law Firm/Smith Asset Management.
A special thank you from the Education Foundation to Lancaster Correctional Institution work squad, and Pawn Pro.
Everyone attending enjoyed a fun night and good fellowship, all the while raising money for the scholarships for the Class of 2019 seniors at Bell and Trenton High Schools.