May 8, 2012

N.C. Wesleyan Hosts 2012 Athletics Gala

Rocky Mount, N.C. - The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics held its 2012 Athletics Gala on Monday, May 7th, at nearby Rose Hill Plantation. In addition to both silent and live auctions, the evening featured retired men’s basketball coach Dave Odom as the keynote speaker.

Odom, who served as head coach at East Carolina University, Wake Forest University and the University of South Carolina, was a four-time ACC and SEC Coach of the Year during his career and earned over 400 victories on the sidelines. After retiring in 2008, he went to work part-time for his alma mater, Guilford College.

His keynote speech stressed the importance of continuing to develop a strong relationship between North Carolina Wesleyan and the City of Rocky Mount. It highlighed an exciting evening of events designed to provide support for our Battling Bishop student-athletes.

The evening dedicated to “Spreading the Bishop Pride” began at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and silent auction followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Odom’s address and the always entertaining live auction capped a lovely evening at one of the area’s premier venues. A picturesque countryside estate in Nashville, N.C., Rose Hill features an 18th-century Manor House and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Title Sponsor for this year’s Gala was longtime Wesleyan supporter Roger G. Taylor & Associates. The Department of Athletics also offers a special thanks to this year’s Blue Sponsor, Frontier Trailer Associates, Inc., as well as the following Bishop Sponsors: Bobby Murray Toyota, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Chambliss and Rabil, Don’s Body Shop, Eastern North Carolina Medical Group, Industrial and Manufacturing Solutions, Northside Family Pharmacy, Sodexo Facilities, Stallings Oil Company, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Dix, Mr. & Mrs. Rick Ladd, and Mr. Fred Waugh.

Other special guests included former Duke standouts Chris Carrawell and Nate James, in addition to NCSHAA Hall of Fame coach Rosalie Bardin and Rocky Mount Senior High's Mike Gainey, who recently led the Gryphons to their second men's basketball State Championship in three years.  NCWC Vice President for Athletics John Thompson and 2012 NCWC Female Athlete of the Year Mackenzie Tingle each offered remarks of thanks on behalf of Bishop staff members and student-athletes.

Various auction items included vacation packages, autographed sports memorabilia, golf outings, and jewelry, to name a few. All proceeds went directly to the North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EVENT'S PHOTO GALLERY! (password: ncwcbishops)