The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 2, 2014

Bonanza packs Mkt. Station


Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits at Saturday’s Outdoorsman’s Bonanza.

Thousands from across the state, and beyond, gathered at Market Station, downtown Albemarle, with hopes of winning one of the 48 big-ticket prizes.

“Everybody was in a good mood,” Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation Executive Director Shannon Johnson said.

As the new director of ADDC, it was her first year witnessing the signature event.

“I didn’t anticipate the buzz of excitement that would be there,” she said.

“Everybody waiting for the next drawing. Even with the rain it was a great event.”

Beth Plowman, program manager for the Stanly Regional Medical Center Foundation, estimated the event netted $120,000 after expenses.

All prizes are paid for from the proceeds of the event.

The remaining funds will be split between the ADDC, SRMC Foundation and Stanly County Shrine Club.

“This event has been growing every year,” Plowman said.

They added 100 tickets and an extra $2,500 to the prize package for this event. Tickets still sold out earlier than expected.

“On top of new people, we have supporters who come back every year,” Plowman said.

They’re returning for more than prizes, organizers said.

“They just enjoy seeing people win,” she said.

“You can tell by the reactions. When there’s a winner in the audience, this shout just goes up.”

Even when winners weren’t present, someone in the crowd volunteered to call the absent winner.

“Everybody knows somebody who wins,” Plowman said. “That’s half the fun.”

Sara Ring of Havelock and her husband, Rob, said they have come to the Bonanza  for three years and they have never won a thing.

“And we’ll keep coming back,” Ring said.

“It’s the camaraderie. I enjoy the camaraderie. Making new friends from across the state and just having a good time.”

Ben Daugherty of Charlotte agreed.

“I guess they could have this at a bigger venue,” Daugherty said.

Between the larger number of tickets and the rain, the area under the Market Station shelter was packed tight with people and hundreds more were camped out around the edges under umbrellas.

“But the atmosphere is just right here,” Daugherty said.

“You’re bumping elbows with people, talking with them as they walk by. Run into old friends, make some new ones. I wouldn’t want them to change it.”

Jane Boone, executive director of the SRMC Foundation, thanked the guests and the army of volunteers working behind the scenes for that success.

“Your good deeds have improved and saved lives in our community,” she said.

“As the Bonanza has grown from year to year, so have the excellent health care programs and projects supported by it. [We’re] proud to have been a part of this event from the beginning 11 years ago.”

The winners at this year’s event are as follows:

 Linda Chandler, Albemarle - 2014 Chevrolet 4x4 Crew Cab

 Josh Hartgrove/Angie Gallimore, King - Harley Davidson Soft Tail

 Andy Oxendine, Raeford - Harley Davidson Softail Slim

 Robert Harwood, Albemarle - John Deere Gator

 Thomas Floyd, Mt. Gilead - John Deere Gator

 Marla Bost, New London - John Deere Gator

 Shawn Fisher, Salisbury - EZ Go Golf Cart

 Roy VonCannon, Asheboro - EZ Go Golf Cart

 Robert Childers, Salisbury - Honda TRX420FM

 Travis McGhee, Concord - Honda TRX420FM

 Ginger Olear, Mt. Pleasant - Custom Grill

 Jeff Chance, Locust - Custom Grill

 Lowell Frick, Richfield - 14 x 48 AlumaCraft Boat

 Charles Ingram, Mt. Gilead - Remington 870 Express

 Tom Webb, Salisbury - Remington Versamax

 Seth Christian Albright, High Point - Winchester SXP

 Robert Griffin, Salisbury - Winchester SX3

 Misty Britt, Gibson - Remington 700

 Carolyn Little, Concord - Henry Golden Boy 22

 Gary Thomas, Sanford - Remington Model 7 243

 Carla King, Albemarle - Ruger M77 Hawkeye

 Ann Florio, Norwood - $2,500

 Larry Carpenter, Sherrills Ford - $2,500

 Nicole Odrobina, Bradyville, Tenn. - $2,500

 Carolyn Baker, Caswell Beach - $1,000

 Richard Robinson, Shelby - $1,000

 Herman Cocklereece, Stoneville - $1,000

 Wade Hoilman, Newton - $1,000

 Gary Shires, Locust - $1,000

 Pressly White, Statesville - $1,000

 Peggy Barringer, Albemarle - $1,000

 Louise Miller, Albemarle - $1,000

 Victoria Riddle, Carthage - $1,000

 John Whitley, Battleboro - $1,000

 Vickie Rimmer, Burlington - $1,000

 Steve Young, Mooresville - $1,000

 Monica Hendrix, Salisbury - $1,000

 Joyce Jarrett, Newton - $1,000

 Buck Kirk, Aberdeen - $1,000

 Nancy Lupo, Lumber Bridge - $1,000

 Ervin Allen, Lexington - $1,000

 Edwin Sifford, Concord - $1,000

 Sean Anderson, Salisbury - $1,000

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