UA Alumni raises funds for scholarships – Shelby County Reporter
UA Alumni raises funds for scholarships
Posted 2:46 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022
By NOAH WORTHAM | Personal editor
The Shelby County UA Alumni Chapter held its fall kickoff on Thursday, August 18.
Members gathered at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church at 6 p.m.
“This organization aims to raise funds for scholarships for Shelby County students who wish to attend the University of Alabama,” said chapter president Wayne Keith. “And this is one of the events where we raise funds and get our name out in front of people.”
The chapter does not charge for the event but instead offers chapter membership options.
“It’s a social event, but one of the things we do is just give information, let people know what we’re doing with the money, it’s going to a good cause,” Keith said. . “Sometimes it makes a difference whether or not a high school student in Shelby County goes to college. So we’re very passionate about that.
This year’s fall kickoff was titled “Centers of Attention” in reference to their guest speakers Roger Shultz, Lou Green and Sid Smith who played at the center during their time in Alabama.
“We’re trying to do things to try to bring the community together,” said Michael Bridges, facilities manager at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. “These guys have been great and we’re happy to have them here.”
Refreshments and appetizers were prepared for those present.
“We’re here to try to help develop or program – get our name out there to everyone here in the state of Alabama – get more people into the building for ourselves and really represent the game of hockey down south,” Alabama Hockey head coach Phil Tesoriero said.
Tesorierio was joined by other Alabama organizations that held tables at the event.
“When chapters have their kick-off events, it really signifies the start of the football season and really helps get people into that football spirit,” said Olivia Arnold, director of the Paul Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama. “It prepares us all for the season and makes us excited and excited.”
Pelham Councilman Larry Palmer addressed the audience at the event.
“This kind of organization is important – it’s what the community is – what this organization does, providing the scholarships, is securing our future,” Palmer said.
Chris Stewart, who moderated the discussion at the event, received a lifetime family membership in the alumni chapter of the University of Shelby County in Alabama.
Those interested in more information on the chapter can visit Shelbycountyua.com.