Small Talk: Doctors, lawyers to hoop it up for RMC Foundation
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
Feb 20, 2011 | 1816 views |  1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nothin’ but net. That’s what teams of local doctors and lawyers hope to get when the buzzer sounds at 7 p.m., March 10 at Oxford Civic Center in the Regional Medical Center (RMC) Foundation’s first annual Doctors vs. Lawyers Basketball Game.

This battle will be settled on the court, not in it.

RMC Foundation is a charitable arm of the hospital that supports the community directly; its board of directors, along with the Calhoun County Bar Association (whose members are also very interested in charitable efforts) got together and decided to provide a family fun night to raise money to impact the health of the community.

RMC Foundation Chairman Luke Whittle and Executive Director Vickie Simmons say the teams are ready to show the community that their talents lie not only in the courtroom and the operating room, but between the goals as well.

The doctors’ team will include Kenneth (Buddy) Vandervoort, playing coach; Raul Magadia, playing manager; Blane Bateman; Igor Bidikov; Dennis Bonner; Andrew Christy; Jeff Collins; George Crawford; Margaret Davenport; Davisson Edmond; Brian Greene; Michael Kline; Mel Stewart; and David McCormack, RMC president/CEO.

The lawyers’ team includes Jake Mathews, playing coach; Bud Turner; David Johnston; Joe Maloney; Taylor Stewart; Will Hollingsworth; Chad Hanson; Eric Snyder; Teddy Copeland; Bruce Downey; Joshua Lane; Tim Burgess; and Drew Senter.

At press time, recent local sales of Converse sneakers (and elbow pads, knee pads, tube socks and pre-emptive doses of ibuprofen) were brisk.

Lest you think this is a kinder, gentler version of basketball, you should know that these folks are serious. The game will be played according to official high school basketball rules (to which any objections will be overruled) and officiated by certified referees Eric Stringer, Earl Warren and Judge Stringer. Certified clock-keeper and coach Michelle Beyerle will keep track of time, and there will even be a mascot courtside to fire up the crowd.

Concessions (chaired by Hank Derusha and Rodney Clarke) will be sold so that fans won’t have to watch the bloodshed on empty stomachs. Oh, and Oxford EMS will be standing by on the sidelines, just in case.

The masters of ceremony (who will provide the play-by-play, in-your-face commentary) are Rob Svensen and Cleo Thomas. Professional photographer Kristen Stringer will capture the game and make photos available to view via Krisp Pics Photography on Facebook.

Along with all that fancy footwork on the court, fans will also have a chance to participate in a reverse raffle (chaired by Vera Jordan and Lucy Whatley). 

All involved in the Doctors vs. Lawyers game say that Healthy Horizons Magazine staff (publisher Mark Helms, graphic designer David Coffee and PR director Teresa Tims) has contributed immensely to the event, and that the event is predicted to be a real slam dunk.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for age 6 and under; admission and raffle tickets may be purchased in advance at the RMC business office (main entrance in lobby area) or at the door of the event.

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Save the date

Enjoy a sampling of our finest local cuisine March 3 at the Edible Evening for Education, 5:30-8 p.m. at Oxford High School Sports Arena/Gym. Dozens of restaurants and food vendors have signed up, from Asian to Italian to good ol’ Southern barbecue. Tickets are $20, available at First Educators Credit Union and Noble Bank. Proceeds will benefit the Oxford Education Foundation. Bon appétit!
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