Events to raise scholarship funds

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Several events will be held in conjunction with the Cassville Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off this Saturday to honor the memory of Whitney Cline and raise money for a scholarship program established in Whitney's honor.

Whitney was a sophomore at Cassville High School when she was involved in fatal crash near Shell Knob on her way back from a Wildcat football game. Both Whitney and Amanda Seekamp, another CHS student, died from injuries sustained in the crash, which occurred on Oct. 1, 2004.

The second annual Whitney Cline Fall Classic will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28. Terry Jamieson, CHS athletics director, will again be serving as race coordinator.

The 10K run will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cassville Aquatic Park with the run taking place along the Greenway Trail. The race will end back at the Aquatic Park.

For a registration form or more information, call Jamieson at 847-3137 or e-mail him at No registration fee is being charged, but donations are encouraged.

In addition to the run, Larry and Patti Daniels are coordinating the second annual Whitney Cline Scholarship Fund Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, which will also be held on Oct. 28 on the First United Methodist Church parking lot at the corner of Sixth and Gravel Streets in Cassville.

Registration for the event will take place from 8 to 10 a.m., and awards will be presented between noon and 1 p.m. Awards will be given to the top 30 entries. The registration fee is $15 per vehicle. For more information, contact Larry Daniels at 847-7306 or by e-mail at

A walking poker run will also be held on Oct. 28. Invidiuals can purchase a "hand" for $5. Participants then travel to five designated businesses where they pick a card and that card is written down on a form. Once they have gone to the five businesses, they have completed their "hand" and the individual with the highest "hand" will win half the money raised.

A silent auction is also planned. Among the items to be auctioned off are a Wildcat basket, a Wildcat helmet signed by members of the CHS football team, a child-sized Hummer and several Branson show tickets. All items will be displayed at a booth during the Fall Festival.

Jason Gaskill, owner of Country Catering and the Cassville Sports Center, will also be raising scholarship funds during the festival. He will be selling hot dogs and rib dinners with all proceeds benefiting the I Can Scholarship Fund. He will also be giving away a free airplane ride for one boy and one girl. Tickets for the drawing will be sold for $1 each.

Proceeds from the run, the car show, the poker run and the silent auction will all benefit the local scholarship fund.

Members of the Cassville FBLA will be assisting with the run and auction. Whitney was an active member of FBLA at CHS.

Last spring, eight Whitney Cline "I Can" Scholarships were awarded to CHS graduating seniors. The 2006 recipients included Mitch Alcala, Tanja Ball, Savannah Harris, Patricia Mitchell, Amit Patel, Michelle Scroggs, Kayla Studivan and Dacia Williamson.

The awards were presented to the students during the CHS Awards Assembly by Whitney's parents, Sheila Cline and the late Jim Cline and Whitney's twin sisters, Olivia and Natalie.

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