Angelina College Foundation Hosting Third ‘Dinner at the Diamond

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

Proceeds to Benefit AC Students

In what is quickly becoming a “must-experience” event, the Angelina College Foundation will host its third “Dinner at the Diamond” at Poland Field on the AC campus.

The attendance of those dining on the infield of the Roadrunner baseball team’s home field has grown considerably, with more than 600 fans participating in last year’s event. This year’s version takes place from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, and the public is invited. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $600 for eight-person tables.

This year’s musical guest is Cody Hibbard, an Adair, Oklahoma native whose recently released self-titled EP has earned him a busy tour schedule and a place among other Texas Music artists in the charts. Hibbard’s biography is fascinating, to say the least, from his attending the United States Naval Academy (until an injury ended that dream), to working on a pipeline and playing music anywhere offering a microphone and a stage. His very first EP, “Memory and a Dirt Road” has generated millions of streams on various streaming services.

Texas Custom Catering will provide the meal, and there will be several activities to help promote the fund-raising behind the Foundation’s existence, including both live and silent auctions. Proceeds go toward the Foundation’s efforts to assist Angelina College students.

Naturally, with a sports-related theme to the evening, there will be games available as well, meaning the sports fans in attendance can try their luck at shooting hoops (“Slam Dunk”), scoring a soccer goal against AC soccer players “Ready, Set, Goal”) or throwing baseballs through a target (“Pitch Perfect”). Winners of those games will earn prizes.

And, of course, there’ll be a seventh-inning stretch and a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

In addition, there will be raffles featuring some impressive prizes, including a Yeti Tundra Wheeled Cooler, a 14-kt., white gold six-diamond bar necklace, a Caribbean cruise for two and a Bergara B-14 Hunter 3.08 rifle, among others.

Presenting sponsors for the event are MVP Sponsors Haylee and Brandon Belt. Numerous other sponsors have helped both the growth of the event and the benefits provided for Angelina College students. Those sponsors are listed below.

The purpose of the Angelina College Foundation is to strengthen the college’s ability to provide quality educational opportunities and services to aid students in reaching their full potential.

The Angelina College Foundation will host its third “Dinner at the Diamond” event from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Angelina College. The Foundation and the event raise funds for AC’s efforts to provide services for all students. (AC Athletics photo)

For further information, visit dinnerathediamond.com, call 936-633-3213 or e-mail Dana Smithhart at dsmithhart@angelina.edu.

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