2007-2008 Foundation Events

Presentation to the Jones Family
May 16, 2008 -- Downtown Forney

Less than eight months after its creation, the Clay Jones Legacy Foundation made its first
contribution to the Clay Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. At a small reception on Friday, May 16th, the Foundation presented a check to Clay’s parents, Barry and Linda Jones, in the amount of $22,500. the Clay Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund has provided scholarships to graduates of Forney High School each and every year. This tradition will continue this year, when the fund will honor a number of 2008 graduates with scholarships to continue their education. Members of the Foundation hope that the success of this first year will serve as a measuring stick for its fundraising efforts and community service activities for years to come. Additional information about the Foundation and opportunities to donate time and funds to future events can be found at www.clayjoneslegacy.org.

Inaugural Clay Jones Legacy Foundation Golf Tournament
April 25, 2008 -- Buffalo Creek Golf Course, Rockwall, Texas

The Clay Jones Legacy Foundation hosted its first annual charity golf tournament at Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Rockwall on Friday, April 25th. The Foundation was able to sell out the tournament and was even forced to create a small “wait list” for additional players who submitted their entries after the tourney was full. With a full field of 36 teams and numerous sponsors, the event was a resounding success. Although brief periods of rain threatened to ruin the day early on, the weather eventually cleared and the teams were able to play the majority of their golf under clear skies. All the funds raised in the tournament will be donated to the Clay Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund this spring, which will provide scholarships to several deserving students from Forney High School.

The tournament kicked off with a putting contest where Aaron Adams just missed winning $5,000 on a 50-foot putt. His putt landed about 6 inches short of the hole. Shortly after the putting contest, the tournament began with a shotgun start at 1:00 in the afternoon. In an effort to give every team a chance to walk away with the grand prize, the tournament followed the “best ball” scramble format. When the scores were tallied at the end of the day, Team Mann, composed of Rennie Mann, Ty Mann, Tom Cheney and Broc Parker, won the tournament with a low score of 54. The winners walked away with four Cleveland drivers, which retailed at $350 each, club covers to preserve those drivers, and a designation as the team to beat in next year’s event.

Each player enjoyed a catered barbecue dinner upon completing their round of golf and most stayed for a brief presentation and raffle afterward. The raffle prizes ranged from free massage sessions to restaurant gift certificates to sports tickets to golf equipment. In the end, several individuals in the crowd even walked away with more than one prize. Unfortunately, despite a few near misses, nobody was able to sink a hole-in-one at Hole 4, one of the course’s par-3s. Had a player done so, he or she would have left the event $10,000 richer!

The tournament would not have been possible without the ample support of several businesses from Forney and other neighboring communities. Automotive Toys & Accessories of Forney, Chicago Title of Dallas, City Bank of Forney, Gray & Gray LLP of Forney, the Steve Silver Company of Forney, Park Place Lexus of Dallas, Primo’s Bar & Grille on Lake Ray Hubbard, Adams Enterprises of Forney, and MIINC Mechanical Contractors of Richardson all served as “platinum” sponsors, the tournament’s highest level of sponsorship. The Beck Group of Dallas, Wal-Mart of Forney, Building Concepts of Dallas, and Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr P.C. of Dallas all supported the tournament as “gold” sponsors. Southside Bank of Forney, ReMax Preston Premier of Frisco, HairFX of Forney, Frontier Investments of Dallas, Master Auto Body of Mesquite, Cleveland Insurance Associates of Dallas, and Fantom Grafix of Mesquite contributed at the “silver” sponsorship level. Finally, CheapGolfBalls.com of Forney provided sponsorship for the putting contest. Given that this was the first year for this event, these sponsors displayed great confidence in the Clay Jones Legacy Foundation and should be commended for their generous support. These donations, coupled with the hard work of numerous volunteers within the Clay Jones Legacy Foundation, made the tournament a huge success.

Most importantly, the golf tournament gave the Clay Jones Legacy Foundation another opportunity to keep Clay’s memory alive and remind all of those in attendance what it meant to know Clay and share in his life. In addition to being a great time, the event raised a substantial amount of money that will all be donated to the Clay Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund was established shortly after Clay’s death and has continued to provide scholarships to Forney graduates since its inception. This tradition will continue at the end of May when the scholarship fund will honor a number of 2008 graduates with scholarships to continue their education. Although Clay was taken from us in a tragic accident over 12 years ago, his memory lives on with all of us and he continues to impact the entire community through great events like this year’s golf tournament.

   

Cold Stone Ice Cream Fundraiser
February 23, 2008 -- Cold Stone Creamery

Our fundraising event at Cold Stone on Feb. 23rd was a success. We raised money and spread the word about the foundation and, specifically, the golf tournament to many people. We raised somewhere around 250 bucks (which is quite a bit, given that the ice cream costs about 4.50).

Furniture for a Cause Fundraiser
December 9, 2007 -- Forney


Our "Furniture for a Cause" fundraiser this past weekend was a HUGE success. We raised over $8,000 for the foundation!! Yes, you heard me correctly..... EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! We had a huge turnout, and actually sold a very large amount of the inventory within the first hour. In fact, sales were so great, that the sale was over by the end of the day on Saturday! Not bad for one day's work. This should go without saying, but a number of people deserve a very large amount of thanks.

Christmas in the Park Bake Sale
December 2, 2007 -- Downtown Forney

The Foundation's participation in Forney's Hometown Christmas was a big success. We raised around $650.00 through our efforts! We were also able to spread the word about the Foundation not only to people who came by our booth but also to the other businesses and Forney citizens who attended the event. In addition to selling a ton of stuff, we gave out almost all of our brochures and spread the word about the Furniture Sale, as well.

The Clay Jones Legacy Foundation Adopt a Highway Program
Year Round

The Foundation adopted a 2 mile portion of highway in Forney that runs from American National Bank down towards 548 and 1641. As part of our community involvement mission, the Foundation members meet on a quarterly basis to clean this stretch of road in Forney. Our motto: "Keep Forney Clean" allows the Foundation to show a very visual part of our organization.