• 72°

Pickleball enthusiasts play with a purpose with gift to Christmas Happiness

On Friday, people from all over the region gathered to play, to eat and to give.

For the second year running, the Davidson-Rowan Pickleball group collected donations at its “Holly Jolly Pickleball Games” and then sent the final sum to the Christmas Happiness Fund.

“We like to play for a purpose,” said organizer Gregg Dunn.

The group’s motto is “serving with a purpose,” and this year’s more than $3,000 donation fits it perfectly.

Pickleball is a recent phenomenon that’s been gaining popularity throughout the nation and the region. It’s a sociable game that Dunn says is “like playing ping-pong standing on the table, is one way to describe it — but it’s a bigger table.”

Friday’s event itself was a relaxed game at the J.F. Hurley YMCA. Players were asked to bring a covered dish and a $15 donation to Christmas Happiness.

“Many gave more than the $15 suggested,” Dunn said.

There were no prizes, no shirts and no awards — just good company, good food and good Samaritans. According to Dunn, about 85 people attended from all over the region.

“So we had people come from Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Gastonia, Indian Trail, …” he said.

The players chose to give to Christmas Happiness, Dunn said, because they knew the money would go to underserved people in the area.

All in all, Friday’s game was a good one.

“We played, we ate and we gave,” Dunn said.

Contributions to Christmas Happiness may be delivered to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639. Make checks payable to Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.

Today’s contributions are:

In memory of Ryan Olsen, Love Mom and Dad, $100
In memory of Don, Julie and Parkie by Sheila and Deal, $30
In honor of Dugan, Lucky, and LuLu by Nan Zimmerman, $25
In memory of Susan Dennis and Jane Johnson, $100
Anonymous, $100
In honor of Daryl and Phillip by Pennie and Dick Martin, $100
In honor of Jimmie Webb by Pennie and Dick Martin, $100
In honor of Linda Adams by Pennie and Dick Martin, $100
In honor of Alda Davies-Mother by Robert and Sandra Cobb, $200
Christian Reid Book Club, $100
In memory of Vickie Buchanan and in honor of Sisters of Beta Sigma Phi, $50
In honor of Mrs. Willie Mae Stout by Hallie Hawkins Missionary Circle, $25
In memory of Henry Bernhardt by his loving family, $100
In memory of my sweet parents, John and Dot Rebhan, by Dottie, $100
In loving memory of my husband, Boyd Moon, and my parents, Bill and Melda Killion; miss you so much during the holidays by Peggy, $75
In honor of my girls: daughter, Heather Broome; granddaughters, Alexis Locklair and Brittany Livengood, and our newest great-granddaughter, Blake Locklair, love you bunches, Momma, Grandmommy, and G-Grand-mommy, $75
In memory of Mama-Daddy and in honor of Peggy Huffman by Suvy, $35
In memory of Ruby Alley by Frances Lomax, $25
In memory of Sandra Reitz and Martin Shotzberger, $200
In honor of Debbie Suggs by Declan and Delaney Fisher, $25
In loving memory of William “Bill” G. Cline Jr. by your wife, Doris Cline, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, $100
In honor of our teachers, Harriet Fisher, Judy Lefler, Suzanne Deal, Melinda Walls and Carol Harper, by the Brownie Fisher Class of St. Luke’s Reformed Church, $50
Anonymous, $25
In memory of Earline Ayars, $50
In memory of Robert McBride, $50
In loving  memory of Susie-Tom Thurston and Dick Thurston by Susan and Joe, $100
In loving memory of parents, LeRoy and Laura Neely; husband, Vernon Thomside; and son, Anthony Neely; by Phyllis Thomside, $100
Dixonville/Lincoln Community Association, $100
In memory of Katherine Hobson by Karen Hobson, $100
In memory of our parents, W.L. and Pauline Morgan and M.H. and Mildred Bell, by Gary and Ann Bell, $25
In honor of Hunter, Harrison, Laney, Rachel and Reagan Bell by MaMaw and PaPaw Bell, $25
In honor of our first great-grandchild, Daxton Lane Rowland, by MaMaw and PaPaw Bell, $25
In honor of my card-playing friends, Nancy Lippard, Barbara Waggoner, Mot Arey and Yvonne Cregger, by Dinah Carpenter, $50
In memory and honor of all veterans past, present and future by AMVETS Post 565, $50
Serving with a purpose from DRC Pickleball, $3,198
Today’s total: $5,713
Running total: $39,068

Comments

Coronavirus

People receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine grows by less than 1%

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools brings Skills Rowan competition back to its roots

Business

Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City

Sports

Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow

Business

Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh

Nation/World

California population declines for first time

News

GOP leaders differ on bottom line for state spending

News

Police: Man killed in shootout with officers in Winston-Salem

Crime

Man charged after thieves rob would-be gun buyers of wallets, shoes

Crime

Blotter: Four added to sheriff’s most wanted list

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title

Local

Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide