The Friends of Porterdale held a special fundraiser for the reconstruction of the Porter Memorial Gymnasium Saturday night. The Roast of Betty Faith Jaynes filled the banquet room at Turner Lake to capacity and drew several celebrity roasters. Jaynes, who is originally from Porterdale, was the founding director and first chief executive officer of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Monica Pearson, anchor of WSB-TV’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscast, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Roasters were long-time advocate for Newton County Recreation B.C. Crowell, winningest active varsity basketball coach Ron Bradley, former University of Georgia stand-out and two-time gold medalist Teresa Edwards, highly decorated former UGA head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, University of North Carolina head women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, current chief executive officer of the WBCA Beth Bass, anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts, and the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history – University of Tennessee lady’s basketball head coach Pat Summit. The Friends of Porterdale raised almost $30,000 for the gym fund by selling tickets to the dinner and roast.
The Roast of Betty Faith Jaynes