UNION — The Union County Clemson Club enjoyed a tremendous success with its annual Chicken Roast Monday, Nov. 23 as 192 fans gathered at the Veteran’s Lodge at Foster Park to enjoy food and fellowship with fellow Tigers and hear from keynote speakers Mickey Plyler and Reggie Merriweather. Club president Virgil Childers reports that the crowd of 192 represents the largest ever at a club event.
Guests enjoyed a meal provided by Parklane Seafood before hearing from the evening’s speakers. Sports talk show host Mickey Plyler of WCCP-FM 105.5 The Roar began the evening by providing an update on football recruiting and comparing the current state of the Clemson and University of South Carolina’s football programs. Former Clemson running back Reggie Merriweather continued the evening by sharing his memories of playing football at Clemson.
The club also recognized two members through the presentation of the Super Tiger Award and the J. Net Berry Award.
Jerry Brannon received the Super Tiger Award which recognizes a devoted Tiger fan that is truly supportive of Clemson University.
Club president Virgil Childers said of Brannon “In 52 years he has missed only 4 Clemson home games and has attended all Clemson-South Carolina games in 52 years. Jerry has been a Club member from the beginning.”
Frank Hart was the recipient of the J. Net Berry Award, presented to the Union County citizen who best exemplifies the true Clemson spirit and tradition and one who gives back to the community of Union County and Clemson University.
Childers introduced Hart by saying “This top award given by our Club is presented to Frank Matthew Hart. After receiving his degrees from Clemson University, he began a long and illustrious career in the field of educating the youth of South Carolina and beyond. It would take a great deal of time to truly cover Frank’s career but it is suffice to say that he continues to participate in community and church activities at many levels. He is totally dedicated to family and he loves Clemson University and that love shows forth in his support of the Club family.”
Following the presentation of awards, the club hosted a raffle and auction of Clemson memorabilia to help raise funds for the club’s scholarship program. Each year, the club awards scholarships to deserving students from schools in Union County to attend Clemson. This year’s recipients are Tia Shantae Gilliam and Porsha Chantel Riley.
The goal of Union County Clemson Club is providing academic scholarships for deserving students going to Clemson.
For more information about the Union County Clemson Club, contact club president Virgil Childers at 864-251-0094.
Jerry Brannon received the Super Tiger Award during the Union County Clemson Club’s annual Chicken Roast on Nov. 23. The award recognizes Clemson fans who are truly supportive of Clemson University.
Frank Hart received the J. Net Berry Award during the Union County Clemson Club’s annual Chicken Roast on Nov. 23. The award recognizes Union County citizens who best exemplify the true Clemson spirit and tradition and gives back to the community of Union County and Clemson University.
Michael Plyler Mickey Plyler of WCCP-FM 105.5 The Roar was one of the guest speakers at the Union County Clemson Club’s annual Chicken Roast on Nov. 23.
Former Clemson running back Reggie Merriweather was one of the guest speakers at the Union County Clemson Club’s annual Chicken Roast on Nov. 23.
The Union County Clemson Club’s annual Chicken Roast on Nov. 23 drew a crowd of nearly 200 people.
This story was submitted by the Union County Clemson Club.