Council’s fundraiser draws NASCAR star

When Jim Roquemore puts together a fundraiser to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, he doesn’t mess around.

Roquemore, CEO of sod-selling powerhouse Super-Sod, started a fundraising event to benefit the Indian Waters Council more than 25 years ago. After taking a hiatus the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event returned last week in a big way, with NASCAR star Ryan Newman acting as headliner.

“I grew up in the Boy Scouts,” Roquemore told the Orangeburg, S.C., Times and Democrat. “I felt like it was time to step back up and see if some of my friends might come and raise a little money while having a good time.”

Indian Waters Council Scout Executive Doug Stone says the event is led by “four incredible volunteers, who are each passionate about Scouting.”

Those four are Roquemore; Scout Carolina state legislature member and Eagle Scout Brad Hutto; Eagle Scout, past council president and current CEO of U.S. Brick “Mikee” Johnson; and local attorney and Eagle Scout Skyler Hutto.

Brad Hutto, left, introduces Newman to the crowd

Newman spoke to the crowd about his time in Scouting and how it taught him to be a good leader.

“One thing we are missing nowadays is true leadership,” Newman told the Times and Democrat. “Learning leadership is one of the most important things in life.”

Hutto spoke to the crowd of around 100 guests about the value of Scouting, and in particular, Camp Barstow.

Past guests at this event include former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones, country music’s Brooks and Dunn, and NASCAR’s Rusty Wallace.

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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.