“You never know what a silly T-shirt can do.”
Those words from Chris Cope of Warren County, who has helped to organize some charitable events surrounding Friday’s District 9-4A basketball rivalry game between Coffee County and Warren County at Warren County High School.
Thunder Radio WMSR – home of Red Raider athletics – jokingly released a t-shirt Monday (Jan. 29) ahead of Friday’s game that says: “Not a whole lot of good comes out of Warren County … ‘Cept Highway 55 and Praters” with all shirt proceeds from the shirt going to the 501c3 Dream for Weave Foundation.
Praters BBQ in Morrison responded by announcing that anyone wearing Pioneer gear to their restaurant on Friday, Feb. 2 with a meal purchase of $25 or more will lead to a 10% donation to Special Games in Warren County.
Praters BBQ in Manchester is stepping it up a notch, offering the same deal Friday and Saturday at their restaurant with proceeds to the Dream for Weave Foundation.
Meanwhile, Crisp Springs Market (35 Crisp Springs Rd McMinnville) followed suit by announcing that 10% of their Friday sales will be donated to the McMinnville Special Games. Crisp Spring also announced that 10% of their sales on Thursday (Feb. 1) will be donated to the Dream for Weave Foundation in Manchester.
Several other Warren County businesses will be making donations to the McMinnville Games from business on Friday, including Morrison Nutrition, Black’s Heating & Air, Pioneer Lanes and Crisp Springs Fireworks.
Thunder Radio T-Shirt sales have ended. Anyone wishing to contribute directly to the Dream for Weave Foundation can do so by clicking here. Anyone wishing to contribute to McMinnville Special Games can use the Venmo information at the bottom of this article.
In addition to proceeds from area sales – multiple businesses have begun to kick in and pledge donations for points scored Friday night.
While the list is growing, the following businesses have pledged $1 per point scored by the Lady Raiders and Red Raiders to the Dream for Weave Foundation: Jerry Stephens State Farm, Manchester Food Lion, Realtor Kate Bryant, Reeses Genes Boutique, Gary Gannon Home Improvement, Chad Hatfield, The Wheeler family, Crisp Springs Fireworks, Boskeys Grille, Ross Parker Construction ($20 per 3 pointer), Trey Adcock ($5 per 3 pointer), Realtor Steve Jernigan, Bella Rose Boutique, Heather Phillips with New Haven Mortgage, Universal Impact Technologies, Spring Street Market, Sun Studio, Al White Ford Lincoln, Mike Jernigan, Baker Brothers Drugs, J&G Pizza ($2 per point), Magnolia Family Medicine, and Thunder Radio. The following businesses have pledged $1 per point to the McMinnville Special Games: Crisp Springs Fireworks, Sullens Transport, C4 Sports, Jackson Farms, Michael Simpson Cattle Company, Clayborne Farms, Ryan Lorance Custom Homes, Fully Loaded Farms, Tree City Realty, Cooper Distributing, Bill Zechman State Farm agent, High Funeral Home, Smooth Rapids, among others.
Coffee County and Warren County play Friday night with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys to follow. Both games can be heard live on Thunder Radio 107.9 FM, 1320 AM, Manchester Go App and thunder1320.com.