More than $11,000 was raised for the Durbin family through the Jim Durbin alumni volleyball tournament and chili dinner at East Clinton High School.
The East Clinton community rallied around 1984 graduate Jim Durbin and his family. Jim is battling esophageal cancer. With the support of many local businesses, family, friends, and classmates, the event raised more than $11,000. The tournament committee consisted of Paige Lilly, Alisha Boggs, Sarah Sodini and Steven Sodini said “many people helped make this night a success.”
The event was hosted by the East Clinton athletic boosters. The chili dinner was provided by Traditions Restaurant and Catering and Farmhouse Deli at no cost to the organization.
Additional support with the meal included Gold Star Chili, drinks and crackers; Sabina Church of Christ, plasticware and paper products; New Vienna Church of Christ, drinks; Penny and Ernie Moore, PB&J sandwiches; Katie Rupp, desserts.
Dinner was served by a host of ECHS volleyball players, EC staff members, and community members. Anne Woodruff and Tammy Walker also were instrumental in making the dinner portion of the evening a success.
Alumni volleyball teams and sponsors were:
• TEAM 2002-2006 with sponsors Littleton Properties, Ann’s Specialties, Walker Farms, Foxworthy Enterprises LLC, and team members Angel Caplinger, Danielle Yeager, Stefanie McFadden, Amanda Earley, Aston Hiles, Billy Blackburn, Paige Thompson, Katie Fouch.
• TEAM 2007-2010 with sponsors Bond Family Farms, Penny Moore CPA, Trustee Insurance LLC, Barrett Paving Materials and team members Jamie Bentley, Thomas Sodini, Sarah Sodini, Steven Sodini, Kayla Cox, Sequoya Laufer, Brad Blackburn.
• TEAM 2013-2017 with sponsors ECHS Class of ‘84, Darin Bentley Trucking, Southern Ohio Paving, Strength & Dignity Boutique LCC with team members Maria Bond, Alexis Ruble, Lydia Moore, Erin Woodruff, Alexis Haines, Sam Gaddis, Cameron Conner, Mindy Bean.
• TEAM 2018-2019 with sponsors Luttrell Trucking, Streber Mortgage, Bronson Door Company, Parish Towing and Transport and team members Logan Peterman, Paige Lilly, Wyatt Floyd, Kaitlyn Talbot, Megan Stewart, Lacey Peterman
Team shirts were made by Alicia Sodini.
The tournament was officiated by volunteer officials Shawn Willie and Mike Evans.
Pizza was provided to the volleyball players, officials, and volunteers by Engine House Pizza.
A kids corner also was set up for the youngsters. ECHS volleyball players ran carnival games, set up a coloring station, and provided face painting. Matt Fisher, with Imagine That Party Supply, donated the use of an inflatable slide for the kids corner.
The evening also featured a raffle. Raffle donors were Amy Zimmerman, Vital Fitness; Gold Star Chili; Mike Deters, Snow Hill Country Club; Courthouse Manor; Casey Lilly; Jill Sodini, Mary K; Janielle Runyon, 31; Salon Mane; ECHS Volleyball; Mary Hecht; Rusty Keg; McCarty Gardens; Peoples Bank; Quali-Tee; and Ashley and Mindy Brown.
Between volleyball matches the crowd was invited to participate in a serving contest sponsored by Kava Haus and Kairos Coffee. Participants were given the chance to serve a volleyball at targets on the court for a chance to win a free beverage from one of the two sponsors. Kairos Coffee (Robyn Morris) provided 15 free drink cards and Kava Haus (Brad Heys) provided 10 free drink cards.
The largest donation came from the East Clinton graduating class of 1984 (Jim’s classmates). This group brought together $1,500 for the family. The following classmates and their families made donations Rhonda Carey Horn, Tracey Crowe Root, Kent Walker, Jenny Edwards Hazelbaker, Tina Larrick Figgins, Melissa Bennett Drause, Sam Knutson, Tammy Walker, Mary Fisher Eicher, Pam Mustard Shupert, Cindy Clouser Keplinger, Regina Gruber Morgan, Doug Ledford, Timothy Holyk, Marilyn Boone, Tom and Lisa Dean, Tracy Arnold Schrieber, Neal Bond, Mary Beth Minzler Corcoran, Micki Boggs Butler and James Woodruff.
A “Dribble for Durbin” fund-raiser will be held in conjunction with the East Clinton girls basketball game Nov. 22 against Hillsboro.