BY SHANNON BEAMON Staff Writer
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
To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at shannon@stanlynewspress.