Mark & Jeri Blick hosted an event at Clarksville Country Club recently to begin phase 2 of the Fund of Excellence that has been established at Austin Peay State University in the name of their late son Brock.
The Brock Blick Memorial Fund is a scholarship fund that will present a $1,000 scholarship to a Junior or Senior in APSU’s Agriculture Department each year. In time, a second scholarship may be added. A $26,000 donation was made to the university in July to establish the fund, the first of its kind dedicated to the school’s agriculture program.
“Brock did a lot in his 11 years, more than some adults do in a lifetime,” Jeri Blick said. “He taught me a lot that I never thought I would learn. Every day is a struggle for Mark and me.
“Brock absolutely loved the outdoors, and especially cows, so we wanted to donate to APSU’s Agriculture Department to help them provide services and buy equipment. We hope this partnership with them can build bridges that will allow them to get more people into that field of study.
“We thought this would be a perfect way to honor Brock’s memory.”
The ‘Be Like Brock’ fundraiser kicked off with a 4-man golf scramble. 41 teams participated in the inaugural event, utilizing two local courses, Clarksville Country Club and the River Club Golf & Learning Center.
After the tournament, about 300 people gathered for a buffet dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and finally a live auction conducted by Sammy Stuard. The Beagles performed after dinner.
Dozens of auction items were donated , including a Paul McCartney autographed guitar, and a Rick Flair autographed robe.
Jeri Blick says the event could not have been a success without help from so many volunteers, donors and friends. She and Mark send a message of thanks to everyone involved.
“Brock inspired # BeLikeBrock with his amazing attitude, positive spirit and willingness to help others,” Jeri Blick said. “And, he would always say, ‘this has been the best day ever.’ That is his legacy. Help others. Be a positive influence, and do all you can to make every day the best day ever.”
Donations can be made at www.BeLikeBrock.com
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