By John R. Schirmer
Ten donors who made the new synthetic turf field possible at Scrapper Stadium were recognized before Friday night’s 48-8 Nashville victory over De Queen.
Donors, their families and guests were honored at a reception in the Scrapper Room before being introduced on the field at the stadium. The 10 donors contributed $675,000 to the turf project.
“We are so appreciative of the support from the community,” Superintendent Doug Graham said. “This ceremony was very fitting. We hope the sponsors understand how much we appreciate them for making this project possible.”
Graham said he has received “a lot of great feedback from the sponsors and the community on the field sponsor recognition program.”
Stadium announcer Johnny Wilson introduced each of the donors and guests at midfield. Scrapper players and coaches presented each donor a picture of the stadium before escorting the benefactor to the company’s ad on the field.
“It was neat to get the players involved,” Graham said. “I asked Coach V [Mike Volarvich] if he thought it would be too big a distraction, and he went along with it. We had all of the junior high and high school coaches on the field,” along with all of the high school players.
Fans who watched the livestream of the game saw features on the sponsors during time outs. The features also are included in the online replays.
The list of donors and guests introduced at the game includes the following:
Aramark – Stacy Adams, Julie Smith, Veronica Fatherree and Michelle Ruffaner
Friends of Billy Laird – Brenda Laird, Kim and Baron Anderson, Keelie Anderson, J.P. Dunbar and Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick
Farm Bureau – Wayne Kesterson, Cary Lott, Michael Howard, Joanna Howard and Halton Howard
McDonalds – Billy Mack, Wayne Mack and John Bauer
Smith’s Ready Mix – Hix and Elaine Smith, Shawna Smith, Matt Smith, Laura Smith, Rowdy Smith, Ruby Smith and Landry Smith.
Trendsetters and Porter’s Lotion – Representing Porter’s Lotion, Dr. John Hearnsberger. From Trendsetters, Gail Hearnsberger and Paxton, Ella, Peyton, Emelia and Lincoln.
Tyson Foods – Paul and Marilyn Britt
Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co. – Kenneth Wilson, Walt and Elizabeth Overton, James Jamison, Jackie Robinson, Cindy Riggs, Mike Coulter, Doyle Mason, Tony Goodson, Emiliano Garcia, Keon Piggee and Drew and Jessica Delozier.
UA Cossatot – Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole and Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade
Diamond Bank – Dr. Tim Bainum, Bob Jamison, Heath Wallace, Jon Howard and Kelley Douggan
Nashville native Chaney Floyd of Symmetry Turf was introduced and received a stadium picture.
“We were awfully proud to share Friday night and give the donors the recognition they’re due,” Graham said.
The De Queen game was the first on the new field. Other stadium improvements also were on display for the first time at a regular-season game, including the new visitors bleachers, new pressbox on the visitors side and new bandstand.