Saturday was a black-tie, formal kind of night in Phenix City.
More than 300 people attended Mayor Eddie Lowe’s Education and Charity Ball. At the end of the night, more than $55,000 was raised for college scholarships and other causes.
Lowe thanked those that filled the Idle Hour Community Center to capacity.
“You believe in Phenix City, you believe in our community and you believe in this mission,” Lowe said.
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In its second year, the event exceeded its goal of $50,000 and was significantly more than the roughly $36,000 that was a raised a year ago.
Jeffrey Baker, who is attending Chattahoochee Valley Community College and plans to attend Auburn University to major in industrial design summed up what the community support meant to him. He is one of 15 students who received scholarship support from the 2014 event.
“This not only helps with books and tuition, it shows that I have the support of Phenix City,” Baker said.
And that support is critical, said keynote speaker Abraham Williams, a Phenix City native and director of the Bowling Green, Ky., Housing Authority. Williams told the story of a skinny, blind horse that a farmer used to help pull a stranded couple’s car out of a ditch.
The first time, the horse, seemingly overmatched by the task, failed. The second time, the farmer told the horse there was a second horse helping. The couple watched in amazement as the lone horse pulled the car out of the ditch.
“He’s blind; he don’t know,” Williams said, repeating the farmer’s words in the parable. “But if he thinks there is somebody there helping him, he is going to work that much harder.”