Feb. 12, 2014 — It’s been more than seven years since the last Carter County Summer Bash but the group had one more gift up their sleeve.
On Thursday, the Bash Committee – made up of members from the Carter County Fair Board and the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce – presented the Carter County Community Fund with a check for $20,000.
“The Community Fund and the Bash have very similar goals,” Commercial Bank Vice President Mark Strother, who serves on both boards, told the Journal-Times. “The Community Fund will allow philanthropists to donate money that is specifically earmarked for local charities. And that was what the Bash did, as well.”
Strother served on the Bash Committee with Don Gibson, Jill York, Bob Caummisar, Steve Womack, Kim Flaugher, Jackie Clevenger, Cindy Gibson, Will Davis and Sam Perry.
“Steve Womack brought the idea to the Chamber during some informal discussions,” York said. “The Fair Board had the 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status to make the project possible. A few of us went to a similar event in West Virginia and then worked to improve on the concept.”
The first Carter County Bash was held in 2003. Members sold a limited number of tickets for chances to win major prizes like $10,000 cash, cars and ATVs. The group sold 10,000 tickets, each for $100 for a total of $1 million, in the first year.
Sadly, subsequent bashes were not as successful.
“The event ran its course, locally, and in the declining economy,” said Don Gibson, Bash Committee member and Fair Board vice president. “If we could sell every ticket every time, it could have gone on and on. At the 2006 event, we didn't know until the last second if we were going to make it or not.”
Gibson said his time with the Bash was well spent. The core group, which met every Thursday at 7 a.m., was happy with its accomplishments.