While our primary goal is develop an avenue for philanthropic support and gifts from alumni and other supporters of Graves County Schools, we have sponsored and co-sponsored several events that have served to raise funds for our projects and increase exposure and awareness for the Foundation.
The Graves County Eagle Foundation hosted its 4th annual Night with a Champion on Friday, April 17 at the Eagles Nest gymnasium. This year’s event features a night of music, ministry, and entertainment as the Voices of Rock take the stage beginning at 7 PM.
The stage will host three artists with histories with groups like Journey, Kansas, Head East, and Petra. Artists will sing many of the rock songs that fans have loved for decades with those groups, accompanied later by testimonies and Christian music that they embrace at this point in their careers.
John Elefante was lead singer for Kansas from 1981-1985, providing lead vocals on two original recordings of hits Play the Game Tonight and Fight Fire with Fire. His voice will also sound familiar on performances of the mega-hits Carry On, Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind.
While spending some time in a metal group Mastedon with his brother Dino, Elefante spent most of the past three decades as a producer, partnering with his brother to grow the Pakaderm label. They also grew the largest recording studio in Nashville, Sound Kitchen, which hosted artists like Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, and Rascal Flatts.
Elefante has been active in the Christian music world throughout his career, and his most recent release On the Way to the Sun reunites him with former Kansas bandmate Rich Williams and current Kansas violinist David Ragsdale. In 2013 he released a single called “This Time” that tells the story of his adopted daughter who was nearly aborted by her birth mother.
From 1974-1979, John Schlitt was the lead singer for the band Head East, which was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Schlitt recorded six albums with the band, but because of an addiction to cocaine and alcohol, he was kicked out of the band in March, 1980.
During the next six months his wife became a born again Christian and convinced him to see her pastor. Schlitt consented, but now acknowledges that he had already decided to end his life. Shortly thereafter, he became a Christian himself, and spent the next six years as a mining engineer and church member in Evansville, Indiana.
In 1986 he joined the Christian rock band Petra. Over the next 19 years, the group recorded 16 albums, including two Recording Industry Association of America certified Gold Albums, Beyond Belief and Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out. The group won 4 Grammy’s and numerous Dove Awards, performing in all 50 states and 35 foreign countries.
Andy Avery was the lead singer for the group Smokehouse before getting opportunities to fill-in for Journey in Steve Perry’s absence. When Perry left the group, Avery was approached about becoming a member of the band, but felt that his past record of drug and alcohol abuse while in that industry was not a temptation he needed, choosing rather to grow his faith and family.
Avery sounds strikingly similar to Perry and will perform several of the signature Journey songs while also sharing Christian music and testimony. He travels full-time and is also a performer for Royal Caribbean cruises. He is being inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame this year for his musical accomplishments but also because of his work with addiction recovery with many industry artists.
We have provided the opportunity for the West Kentucky area to experience the stories and personalities of some heroes in sports and popular personalities.
Tim Tebow (April, 2012)
Heisman Trophy Winner/former NFL Quarterback
Willie, Korie, & Si Robertson (April, 2013) - (Co-sponsored with New
Pathways for Children home)
Stars of A&E hit show, Duck Dynasty
Peyton Manning (April, 2013)
5-Time MVP/NFL Quarterback
Shannon Miller (June, 2014)
All-time most decorated Olympic gymnast
Over 5,300 votes were cast, and 29 of Graves County High School's best players of all-time returned to their alma mater on January 31, as we celebrated 30 years of Eagle and Lady Eagle Basketball. Thanks to all who have contributed to the foundation that has been the key to our longevity, and a congratulations to those who received the most votes.
Top Ten Fan Favorites (Listed alphabetically)
Missy Barber Stokes
Bobbi Coltharp Grantham
Lindsey Cornn Croft
Bethany Flowers Romine
Jennifer McCuan Martin
Kayla McSweeney Collins
Amy Scoggins Carrico
John Michael Barber