GC Auction Brings Bright Futures

by Samantha Finch, GC mass communication student

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Georgia College alum Josh Hollar has many people and organizations to thank for his successful college career. One he is most appreciative of is the Georgia College Athletic Auction, a yearly silent auction that uses money earned to fund athletic scholarships at GC. As a scholar athlete in cross country, Josh received this scholarship for the four years he ran for the Bobcats.

“To me, the athletic auction is a great fundraiser that benefits and involves so many people in the community,” he said. “The auction helped me attend four years of college at GC while also accomplishing my dream of running cross country in college.”

Not all athletes at Georgia College receive scholarships from GC, only those who display not only dedication to their sport, but dedication in the classroom as well as community service. While running for GC, Josh received many honors inside and outside the classroom including the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Presidential Honors (2006), United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team (2007) and PBC All-Academic Team (2008). He was also a member of the National Mathematics Honor Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and the cross country team representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Having the scholarship allowed Josh to excel in running while preparing himself for a successful future in teaching math.

“The athletic auction greatly impacted my life and I will always be grateful for the wonderful experience and financial support that it has provided and ultimately lead me where I am today,” he added. “Without the auction, I would have never met so many lifelong friends, a coach that taught me about life while teaching me how to become a better runner, and my fiancé that I will be marrying this July.” Josh is now teaching ninth grade math at Northeast Health Science Magnet School in Macon, Georgia.

The athletic auction will be held at Georgia College’s Centennial Center April 9 at 6 p.m.  The tickets are $100 per couple or $500 per reserved table. The tickets will include dinner, open bar, an opportunity to bid on all the items, along with a chance to win $10,000 cash in the reverse raffle. The tickets are on sale and may be purchased at the athletics office in the Centennial Center, contacting Georgia College Athletics at 478-445-6341 or purchasing then directly from any GC Athletics staff member. Tickets will also be available at the door.