Baseball to hold "Johnny Parker Day" on May 18th

Johnny and Colin Parker
Johnny and Colin Parker

As many people in the Campbell Baseball family know, Johnny Parker, father of standout scholar athlete Colin Parker (class of 2011) is battling cancer. Several of the fathers of Colin's teammates, along with Coach Goff and the CU athletic department, have decided to hold "Johnny Parker Day" on Friday, May 18th when the Fighting Camel baseball squad hosts Presbyterian College at 6 p.m.

Tim Johnson, Ricky Lowry and Stuart Watlington, whose sons Zach Johnson, Blake Lowry, and John Watlington were Campbell teammates with Colin, have put together a raffle with some great prizes to raise funds for the Johnny Parker campaign. The three grand prizes are: two lower level tickets to see the Carolina Panthers host the Denver Broncos on November 11, 2012, with two hotel nights included at the Hampton Inn in Charlotte; a Holland Grill valued at $1,100; and a Pearl Jewelry set valued at $800. 

The day is not only a fundraiser, but a way that the Campbell Baseball family can let Johnny, Colin and the rest of their family know how much his involvement and support means to the Campbell Baseball family, and let them know that they are constantly in our prayers.

"Johnny has been an outstanding friend of the Fighting Camels. He is always a joy to be around at the ballgames," Stuart Watlington stated. "Ricky, Tim and I feel like this effort on behalf of the Campbell Baseball family is a small way of showing our support to Johnny and his family in the battle they are dealing with. More than anything, we are praying for Johnny, who is presently hospitalized, to be healthy enough on May 18th to make it to "The Creek" on the day that we are holding in his honor."

"We have had some wonderful friends donate some fabulous gifts for the raffle, and the proceeds from the raffle will hopefully help Johnny with his increasing medical bills," Watlington further stated. "Tim Johnson and Ricky Lowry have worked so hard on this event and I sincerely hope that Johnny's many friends and the Campbell Baseball family will show up on May 18th in great numbers to help us let Johnny know that we are on board and battling with him in spirit and prayer."

Special thanks go out to Pat and Cathy Daly of Danville, Va. for donating the Panthers/Broncos weekend, to Hudson Hardware of Garner for donating the Holland Grill and to Evans Jewelry of Smithfield for donating the Pearl Jewelry Set. The raffle drawing will be conducted during the seventh inning stretch at the May 18th game, and raffle tickets can be purchased on site up until the seventh inning on that day. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win, and any one wanting to purchase raffle tickets now may contact Tim Johnson at 919-796-8640, Ricky Lowry at 919-612-8611 or Stuart Watlington at 434-250-0720.