Done and done.
Dinner attendees made their financial contributions during the event, and the total amount raised came to $74,545, according to Golden Eagle Dinner Chairman Raymond Ray. This gives the Spalding County Boy Scouts about a month to reach their community goal for 2011 of $92,000, as the fund raising typically ends in May.
“Overall, it was an extremely successful evening,” said Ray.
And this included the highlight of the night — presenting Wilson with the 2011 Golden Eagle Dinner Honoree Award.
The former and new county manager, who follows in the footsteps of Helen Grayson as an honoree, was praised by Ray for his dedication and devotion to the community. Throughout Wilson’s recognition, photos were shown of him at several stages of his life.
“I’m both honored and humbled to be chosen for the award this year. I would like to thank the Boy Scouts and the community for coming out here tonight. I appreciate all your support for the Scouts,” he said, adding that he himself was once a Cub Scout, and had wanted to become an Eagle Scout “but didn’t quite get there.”
Prior to the presentation of the award, Boy Scout Garrett Jones and Cub Scout John Blake entertained guests with a program geared toward emphasizing the importance of Scouting for children and young adults.
The two pointed out that about 200 Scouts in the Flint River Council earned their Eagle Scout badge in 2010, and 28 of them were from Spalding County.
“The Eagle Scout is a rank that many try to earn but only few achieve,” said Jones.
Ray also applauded the leadership committee of the Golden Eagle Dinner, which brought guests to the table to contribute for the good cause.
“We couldn’t have done it without you,” he said, “and your success is our success.”