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TKA Lion’s Pride Raises $1,820 with UT Tix Giveaway
Becky and William Bell will be enjoying every home UT football game at Neyland Stadium this year. Becky was the big winner in the candy pick game, a fundraiser for the TKA Lion’s pride athletic boosters.
The fundraiser was a huge success. Two hundred thirty-five number picks were made and $1,820 was raised for the athletic program. TKA Lion’s Pride member Jimbo Thornton said this far exceeded the goal he challenged the TKA family with on orientation day. “I challenged the TKA family with a $1,000 goal and the response was fantastic! I was really blown away at the final total. This shows how wonderful the TKA family is and how they can get involved and make a real contribution to the school through athletics.”
The game actually had an interesting “twist” concerning the winning pick. TKA Athletic Director Marc Weekly won the game, picking the exact number of candies in the jar – 281. However, when Thornton notified him about his winning pick Weekly declined the tickets stating, “I already have tickets and would like to pass these on to the runner up.” Thornton accepted his kind gesture and notified Becky Bell that she (and William) had won the tickets. “I left Becky a message asking her to call me regarding the tickets. When she called back, both William and Becky were on speaker phone. Becky said when she got my message she went to William and told him they may have won the tickets. She asked him to return my call because she was too nervous.” Becky gives her daughter credit for the winning number pick – 279. Becky said, “My daughter actually made the pick and she used some mathematical thing to figure it out. When I went to write down the number we discussed it and my daughter said, ‘mom just write down my number.’ ”
The Lion’s Pride would like to thank all who participated in the candy pick game. “We would not have had this much success without the wonderful support of the TKA family,” Thornton said.