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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – It’s not often that you hear people are excited to have a couple of “Nutts” in a room with them, but excited is exactly what Coker College was on Saturday, March 13, when Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt was the guest speaker for Coker’s first ever “Auction to Action” athletic fundraiser. Coach Nutt was joined by his brother Dennis, Coker’s assistant men’s basketball coach, and their mother Mrs. Emogene Nutt, in one of the most successful fundraising events Coker has ever hosted.

With the help of the Nutt family, the auction was a tremendous success, with approximately $20,000  raised for Coker’s Athletic Competitiveness Fund.

“This is the first time Coker Athletics has taken on something of this magnitude,” said Coker’s Director of Annual Giving and Auction Chairman Wes Daniels.  “It was great to have Houston Nutt as our speaker, but more importantly, it was a great way to bring the College and Hartsville communities together, while raising money to enhance our athletic program.”

The Coker and Hartsville Communities definitely came together for this event, with more than 150 people in attendance; people came not just to hear Coach Nutt speak, but to bid on some great auction items. Some of the items included weekend getaways to Myrtle Beach, Lake Tahoe and Sarasota Beach, in addition to autographed sports memorabilia from the likes of Michael Jordan, Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Phil Mickelson.

“This was a truly a remarkable event,” said Coker President Dr. Robert Wyatt.  “We were honored to have Coach Nutt with us and we are humbled by the community support we received for Coker athletics.”

With the success of this first “Auction to Action”, Dr. Wyatt and Daniels are hopeful that this is just the first of many more great auctions to come for the Coker Athletic Department.

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March 16, 2010

For more information, contact Christian Stryker, Sports Information Director, 843.383.8068

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ABOUT COKER COLLEGE

Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.