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First & Gold Gala a Big Success

Coach Steve Spurrier, his wife Jerri, and Curing Kids Cancer founders Grainne and Clay Owen
Steve and Jerri Spurrier, with Curing Kids Cancer Founders Grainne and Clay Owen


First Annual First & Gold Gala Raises More Than $125,000 For Childhood Cancer Research

Atlanta, GA – Feb. 29, 2016 - The inaugural Curing Kids Cancer First and Gold Gala, held at The College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta on Friday, February 19, was an overwhelming success in taking one more step towards fighting childhood cancers.  With special guests including renowned football coach Steve Spurrier, Hall of Famer Randy Cross, Cincinnati Bengals' defensive tackle Geno Atkins, college football journalist and analyst Tony Barnhart, and University of South Carolina's Deputy Athletic Director and former collegiate athlete Charles Waddell, the evening was filled with football, festivities, and fundraising. 

Gala guests had the chance to tour the College Football Hall of Fame with interactive All-Access passes, bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items including badges to the 2016 Masters tournament, jewelry from Pure Inspired Jewels With A Purpose, and a trip to NYC for a taping of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  With special music from Eric Dodd and Grayson McGrath, the evening went by quickly, and was highlighted by the evening's hosts Tony Barnhart and STAR 94.1 FM's Cassiday Proctor, along with sports panel "moderators" twelve-year-olds Josh Mack and Reece McPhail, childhood cancer survivors.

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Special thanks to Mecum Auction's head auctioneer Mark Delzell for leading an exciting live auction of 5 items, and the call-to-fund donation portion of the evening.  Gala guests came together and raised more than $25,000 in ten minutes for a live-saving piece of equipment needed for the pediatric cancer patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  

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Photos From The Evening

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NFL Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins
and fiancé Kristen Merritt

Guests that attended the First and Gold Gala can now view and download photographs from the evening.

For photos from the ShutterBooth photo booth, please click here.

For event photos from our photographer, Photography By Zelda, please click here.  
Enter your email address to gain access to the album, and the password is Killian





McTier Art Painting of Steve Spurrier Still Available

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There is still one item available from the evening and it’s a special one - a signed portrait of Spurrier on the sidelines as the Gamecock football head ball coach by renowned artist Lucy McTier.

Spurrier was thrilled with the way it turned out, noting to the media on the evening “it really looks almost exactly like me.”

Those interested in purchasing the painting can contact Grainne Owen,
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Childhood cancer survivor Josh Mack


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Childhood leukemia survivor Reece McPhail