If you didn’t grow up in Georgia, you may not know who Ernie Johnson was.
Even if you’ve lived in Georgia for a long time, his name may not ring a bell.
But if you ever watched the Atlanta Braves, chances are you know the broadcaster’s legendary voice.
Johnson played baseball professionally and then went into broadcasting and was referred to as the “Voice of the Braves.”
Sadly, he passed away from cancer in 2011, but his family and friends honor his life by holding the Ernie Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament, with all proceeds benefitting Relay for Life in Forsyth County.
Last year the tournament was a huge success, but this year is expected to be better. Why, you ask?
Because the night before the golf tourney is going to be an evening filled with fantastic barbecue (courtesy of Jim and Nick’s), music, silent and live auctions and raffles. Oh, and there is one more thing — Jeff Foxworthy.
Foxworthy is a personal friend of Ernie Johnson’s son, Ernie Johnson Jr., and was happy to headline the first Redneck Bash at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.
Foxworthy has long been one of my favorite comedians with his “You might be a redneck if …” humor.
I’ve never met him, but those who do say there could not be a nicer guy.
I know him to be a family man who just seems so unpretentious, down to earth and, well, kind. Plus, he is absolutely hilarious.
I know he will be fantastic at this event and help raise money to fight cancer. I’m so excited to go.
You can reserve tables so you can enjoy the evening with a group of friends. In addition, if you’ve never been to an event at the conference center, you’re in for a treat.
The staff always does a fantastic job and the center is beautiful. We are so lucky to have such a top-notch venue in our county.
I recently had tea with one of the organizers of the bash, Valerie Donata Young, who told me all about what they have planned. It truly sounds like a spectacular evening.
Besides Foxworthy, my favorite part is that you must come dressed in redneck attire.
This will probably be a challenge for all of you Yankees out there, but I’m sure you can ask any of us Southerners for fashion tips.
Think denim, overalls, bandanas, camouflage, and maybe a few missing teeth. Accessories could include chewing tobacco or cigarettes rolled up in your sleeve.
It’s all in fun and for a great cause — just leave your political correctness at home and enjoy yourself.
Oh, and for any who may need incentive, there will be a prize for the best costume.
I’m really excited about this event and hope it will sell out. There is an early bird special, so go ahead and book your seats. Hope to see ya’ll there!
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at email@example.com.