Coaches Vs Cancer Was A Huge Success

CoachesVCancerJenCoachesVCancerCoachesVCancer1This weekend I had the pleasure of attending USC’s 1st Annual “Coaches vs Cancer” fundraiser hosted by Head USC Basketball Coach Frank Martin and his wife Anya. It was awesome!

My good friends David Ross of MG&C Law and Michael Gunn of Forge Consulting invited Jennifer, Amanda, and me to the event. I was flattered these guys thought of us, and moreover, glad we went.

The venue was awesome. A huge tent doused with lights was set up on the floor of the Colonial Life Arena. The food was primo, the drinks were flowing, and the dance floor was bumpin. If you’re wondering about the attire/hats, it was a Kentucky Derby theme party.

The highlight of the night was probably the actual bidding during the live auction. Here’s what happened. Auction item #1 was a Cuban dinner prepared by Frank and Anya Martin. “Oookayyy,” you may say. Now say this. $10,000 X’s 2! The bidding got so high that Coach Martin split the bid such that both high bidders could win. BOOM! $20,000.

Then one of South Carolina’s coolest sons stepped to the stage. Darius Rucker, who pledged a signed guitar before the event, took the microphone and upped his love. What began as a signed guitar turned into a day with Darius, which included a round of golf at Bull’s Bay (with buddies), and 4 tickets to one of any of his concerts in the country. Two bidders battled up to $18,000. Like Coach Martin, Darius doubled his commitment and BOOM, $36,000 was in the pot.

As you can see from the pics above we all had a good time. The first pic is of my gorgeous wife and me. She was a TROOPER (remember, we’re having twins in the fall!). The second pic is a bunch of good buds squished together, including hosts David and Michael (see ‘host rose’ on Michael’s lapel). The third is a snapshot of a collection of a real estate professional dream team; Two top shelf lenders (Becky Craven-First Citizens, Kelley Ross-SCBT), two REALTORS (I’m biased), and my biggest closer (David Ross-MG&C Law).

As you can see we all laughed a lot and had a huge time.  Big thanks to Coach and Anya Martin… David Ross and Michael Gunn.  We will be back next year!


SC Beaming: Gamecocks/Tigers Go Huge

Over the last couple of days Clemson and the USC Gamecocks have played two of the most dramatic games of the entire season football season.

Monday night Clemson played like a team possessed. Some of the passes from Taj Boyd still have my head shaking, and their defense pounded on a big time LSU team. Clemson did everything right. Perhaps the best thing about the victory is that it was the only game of the night, meaning the entire country watched Clemson take out LSU in “primetime.” #recruiting

Fast forward to the Gamecocks. Holy Moly. With that short description, let me skip to what everyone wants to talk about. 1) Michigan’s “first down.” Now, there are subjective actions in sports and there are definitive/conclusive ones. A first down ‘measurement,’ is just that, a measurement (definitive) of a subjective ‘placement’ of the football…at the official’s own speed. This ref blew it badly, but the next play saved his a**.  Enter – 2) Mr. Clowney’s hit. What in the world??? While everyone was still yelling at the ref in their TVs, all the sudden we see a garnet uniform in the Michigan backfield and a helmet flying backwards. Typing can’t do it justice, but here goes: After the snap, Clowney morphed six yards beyond the line of scrimmage when he crushed the humanity out of Michigan’s running back, knocking the young man’s helmet almost 10 more yards backwards. He then, seemingly at his leisure, picked up the loose football with his left hand like it was a Twix bar. I’m not sure I’ve ever jumped off a chair like that when Michael Jordan wasn’t involved.  WoW.

In two days, both teams gave us six hours of BIG TIME entertainment.

Since it’s the end of 2012, I’d love to write about our sales and fun activities of our big year in real estate. That said, given what the Gamecocks and Tigers have done in the last 48 hours, I surely need to give credit where credit is due. After all, they’ve made the entire Palmetto State happy and proud, and that’s hard to beat!


Four USC-Clemson Tickets Available

A few nights ago I noticed one of my friends put four USC/Clemson tickets for sale on Facebook. Thinking as I do, my first inclination was, “OK, I bet some of my friends and/or clients could use these.” On a whim, I tied the tickets up.

As time went on, I thought it might be fun to create a little contest among friends. However, now that it’s Wednesday morning, I need to get these tickets in someone’s hands before everyone disperses for Thanksgiving and the weekend. After all, the last thing I want is for four USC/Clemson tickets to go unused!

This all said, I’m going to use the tickets as a way to do some good. Here’s the rub. Sometime Wednesday morning I’ll link this post to Facebook. The first folks that speak up (comment) can buy the tickets at face value. In turn, I’ll make it such that the money for the tickets goes directly to The Junior League of Columbia. Win/Win/Win!

In an attempt to keep the peace on game day, I need to disclose the seats are in the Gamecock section of the stadium. For obvious reasons it would be ideal if USC fans gobble up the tickets.

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Disclaimer: If I’m doing anything wrong and/or exposing Coldwell Banker or JLC in any way I retract everything I’ve typed, and will just give them away. Thank you!