Fun was had by all in the community who attended the annual Coulter Hampton Day this past Saturday, where more than $28,000 was raised to help sick children and their families in Gordon County.
"We had a great day," said an excited Nikki Hampton, who organizes the fundraising event for the Coulter Hampton Foundation each year.
The event is held in memory of her son, Coulter, who was born with Dyskeratosis Congenita, a rare, progressive bone marrow failure disorder. Coulter Hampton Day began as a special day to uplift Coulter and raise money for his treatments. The event continued after the young boy lost his fight with the disease, and every year, the special day continues to remember Coulter, raise awareness and collect funds to help local families and organizations who are also dealing with medical issues.
According to Nikki Hampton, more than 100 volunteers from various churches and community groups showed up to help with the event; Waffle House donated all the food, Ryo Baptist Church had a cotton candy machine, the Rock Bridge Ladies Group hosted the Sweet Shop, Kitty Weaver provided the horse for handprints, while other businesses and individuals from all over Gordon County donated silent auction items, garage sale items and cakes.
The American Legion Riders held a car show that was popular with the crowd, and singers and groups including Calhoun Primary School, Calhoun Elementary School, Sonoraville Elementary School, Fairmount Elementary School and Hallie Black performed. SMA Athletics held a demonstration and Nicholas Najera donated hair during the event.
The Coulter Hampton Foundation would like to thank all sponsors and volunteers, along with the community for supporting this event.