Energizers announce winners

Published 7:57 pm Thursday, January 8, 2009

Although Alabama may have won the Iron Bowl this season, Auburn fans in Chilton County still support their school enthusiastically.

Tigers fans edged out their counterparts in a recent fundraiser for the Alabama Power Energizers of Chilton County. The organization sold more than 800 tickets for chances to win Alabama and Auburn quilts.

Of the tickets sold, 420 went for the Auburn quilt and 375 purchased tickets for the Alabama quilt. Others made donations instead of purchasing a ticket.

Energizers President Mike Blankenship said the money for each of the tickets will be donated to the Alabama and Auburn clubs for scholarships.

“The Alabama Club is starting to build up an endowment, from which scholarships will be paid for. The Auburn Club already has an endowment and gives scholarships each year,” Blankenship said. “The proceeds from this fundraiser will help give scholarships to Chilton County students who will be attending both universities.”

Johnnie Lane won the Alabama quilt while Steve Forrest received the Auburn quilt.

Both of the quilts were made by Maggie Martin. The fundraiser was done in honor of Charles Gilliland, the late husband of Clara Gilliland.

“Charles was a great educator in Chilton County for many years,” Blankenship said.

Alabama Power Energizers is a non-profit organization of Alabama Power and Southern Company retirees and spouses that are committed to serving communities across Alabama through charitable programs.

Energizers lend their support to schools, hospitals, libraries and numerous non-profit organizations. More than 1,800 members work through 11 local chapters across the state. Energizers contribute an average of 40,000 volunteer hours a year.

The local group donates money to various charities and other community organizations in Chilton County.