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Schools receive $39,000 from NeSmith Select fund-raiser
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When Tom Case returned home from work earlier this week, he wasn't exactly sure why his wife was so excited.
    "I came home and my wife was screaming and jumping up and down. I didn't know what was going on," Case said.
    After a short while, he was able to finally decipher what she was saying, which was that they had won the car being given away by NeSmith Select as a part of a fund-raiser for schools in Bulloch County.
    The fundraiser, titled "Dollars for Scholars" collected $39,620 for various clubs and athletic teams by selling tickets for $5 each for a chance to win the 2006 Chevrolet HHR.
    Schools kept 100 percent of all the tickets sold.
    "We're thrilled with winning the car, but the real winners are the schools and the kids and clubs," said Case. "I think this is a wonderful way for NeSmith Select to show that they're here in the community and to do something in a creative way to magnify the value of their gift to the schools."
    Russ Rozelle, owner of NeSmith Select, said he was proud to be able to be a part of such a partnership with the schools.
    "It was a great way for us to give back to the community, he said."
    William James Middle School sold the most tickets with a total of 2,233, raising $11,165 for the school. A total of 7,924 tickets were sold.
    "It was a wonderful idea, a creative idea with our partner, NeSmith Select," said Jessie Strickland, Bulloch County school superintendent.
    "It was one of our best (fund-raisers) done for anything academically," Strickland said.
    Rozelle said he was proud to be a part of it.
    "It was a chance to give back to the community that has made us so successful here," he said.
    "This is one of those things we're proud of because it included academics participating as well as athletics," said Rozelle.
    Case applauded NeSmith Select for their creative efforts to maximize the impact of their donation to the school system.
    "They could have just given the car or the monitary value of the car, but they found a way to make that go a whole lot more and and to be able to benefit a whole lot more people," he said.
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