Ten teams sign up to benefit FHS scholarship fund.
The Marna Peck Memorial Scholarship Fund hosted its first co-ed volleyball tournament fundraiser on Saturday, March 16, at the Franklin High School gym. Marna Peck was an English teacher at FHS and touched many lives of the students who came through her classroom. She lost her battle to cancer in February 2010 at the age of 44.
As a way to remember Peck, her colleagues, friends, former students, and children began a scholarship fund in her name for a senior at FHS. As part of its fundraising activities, the scholarship committee reached out to local businesses, civic groups, and individuals for sponsorship during the tournament. A total of 44 sponsors each gave a minimum of $25, with some giving well beyond that. The name of each sponsor was placed on the back of the tournament shirt worn by the players and designed by Kyle Peck, one of Marna's sons.
An entry fee of $75 was charged to each participating team with each team having six players. From 8:30 Saturday morning until late in to the afternoon, teams played in Round Robin Play and a Single Elimination Tournament. Ten teams ended up registering for the event with the winners receiving gift certificates that were donated as prizes by local restaurants. Team Bring It won the crown for the tournament play, with the Aces coming in second and team Block Party coming in third.
The volleyball tournament and other events held by the committee have helped to fund the $1,000 scholarship that has been given out since the establishment of the fund.
“We started the Marna Peck Memorial Scholarship shortly after our mom passed away. Mom was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and passed away on February 23, 2010. She was an English teacher at Franklin High School for 10 years, and we thought a scholarship would be a perfect way to continue our mom's legacy,” said daughter Meghan. “The original scholarship idea was initially proposed by Nikki Cabe Oberley and Tim Crabtree, who knew and loved our mom. They approached my brother and me about starting a scholarship and we ran it. We also asked Susan Allen and Vickie Sutton, two of our mom's co-workers, to help make this happen, as well as Sherry Brewer, who is our acting treasurer. That first year, we raised over $1,000 just selling memorial bracelets.”
The idea to hold a volleyball tournament was the inspiration of Peck's eldest son, Tommy. The whole Peck family plays volleyball all over Western North Carolina and South Carolina, so the idea made so much sense that it soon became a reality. He thought a tournament would be a fairly easy and fun way to raise money for the scholarship and judging by the turnout this past Saturday, the idea was a good one.
“The actual tournament was an overall success. It was a fun day, and everyone came out with great attitudes. There was some really good competition at the tournament, and it was so fun to watch all the games. We don't have a final total of how much money we raised, but we think we at least raised enough to do two years of scholarships,” said the Peck family. “This is something we hope to do annually. It's a fantastic way to memorialize our mom, because she loved athletics and competition, and she loved Franklin High School.
“We love doing this to make sure that she is not forgotten. There are so many people who helped make this tournament happen, and we are so grateful that they would be willing to work so hard to help keep this scholarship going.”
The Marna Peck Memorial Scholarship committee especially wanted to thank all of those in the community who made the event possible in the first place.
“The committee would like to thank everyone who participated, from the players to the volunteers to the sponsors, for making the tournament a success. We hope to see everyone next year for the Annual Marna Peck Volleyball Tournament.”