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Huggins headlines Simms’ benefit

October 11, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Friends, family and one of the state's most popular basketball coaches gathered at Orchard Hall Wednesday night for the Roy Simms Health Heart Fundraiser.

Simms, the former head boys' basketball coach at Elkins High School and current assistant coach for the Davis & Elkins College men's team, is in need of a heart and kidney transplant.

The procedure will cost Simms nearly $1.2 million. The coach must cover 20 percent of that, or around $240,000.

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Close to 350 people turned out to help give the coach a hand. The guest speaker was West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins.

Joining Huggins was assistant coaches Ron Everhart, Erik Martin, Billy Hahn, Larry Harrison, Josh Eilert and Andy Kettler.

"This fundraiser is the right thing to do," Huggins said. "Roy has meant so much to so many people. This is just a small part of what we all should be trying to do for him."

Those on hand were treated to a dinner and two auctions. Some items that were auctioned off were an autographed basketball from Huggins, an autographed football from WVU?football coach Dana Holgorsen, two field passes for WVU's home football game against Kansas State, two courtside tickets for the WVU-Oklahoma basketball game in Morgantown, and several autographed shirts and warm-ups from WVU.

"I want to thank everyone for inviting us to this event," Huggins said. "Roy has been a great friend to me and the WVU coaching staff for a long time."

The event was sponsored by The Inter-Mountain, Peter Pan Cleaners, Elkins Fordland and Innovative Investments.

"I was very excited with how many people came out tonight and with all of the support I received," Simms said. "I want to thank everyone for getting this fundraiser going. I really appreciate it."

Local businessmen Mike Ross and Ike Morris donated $10,000 each at the event.

For anyone wanting to make a donation to the Roy Simms Health Fund, checks may be made payable to the Shiloh Baptist Church at P.O. Box 820, Elkins, W.Va. 26241.



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