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Colleton Prep Academy Holds First Oktoberfest

Colleton Prep Academy has been hosting fundraisers for years but this year the development of a new and exciting fundraiser came to life as Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 21st. The event was held at the Hale Shop at Dove Field Plantation and according to fundraising committee member Jennifer McMillian, “We think that everything went really well!” According to McMillian the event was not only a success but there was a very diverse group of individuals who attended. “We had some new faces that we have not had at our function before, which is always exciting to see,” McMillian said, “We enjoy seeing our CPA family and other people as well.” The event began earlier in the day with a Round Robin Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament at Forest Hills Tennis Courts and ended at Hale Shop where a cornhole tournament, cookoff, and Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ commenced. There was also live entertainment by The Brothers Hiott, which according to McMillian was extra special because the band is made up of CPA Alumni. “We really created this to be a community event, not just a school event,” McMillian said, I think so often we hear people talk about how there’s nothing to do in Colleton County and we wanted to do our part to ensure there are some things to do.” Casey Shoupe and JR Hughes walked away with First Place at the CPA Cookoff and the winning cornhole team was Kevin Hazel and Lynn Smith. The Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ event changed slightly as only one team built a pumpkin catapult, but Lance Simms, JP Downey and Charlie Spears built a great catapult that participants could purchase pumpkins and see whose pumpkin could go the farthest.

The silent auction had several large prizes, four of which were travel packages including trips to Walt Disney World, The American Girl Store, Lake Tahoe, and an Argentina Dove Hunt. With a minimum bid in place, McMillian said that each travel package was successfully auctioned off.

“We worked hard to try and make sure there was a little something for everyone,” McMillian said. Although the final total was not in, according to McMillian the Oktoberfest raised between $30,000-$40,000 and hopefully will turn into an annual fundraiser. “I want to thank the people in our community who supported this event for the sake of the future of our community,” McMillian said, “Because whether you’re from a private school family, a public school family, or a Christian school family if we don’t support each other then none of us will be successful. I appreciate everyone who came out or supported us in any way.”

Christie Slocum (538 Posts)