|The troop's tomahawk toss station
|The troop's slingshot station
The event has raised funds annually since 2009 in honor of its namesake, Kevin Bell, As a result of this and past efforts, the Blast and Cast has endowed a scholarship in Auburn University's College of Education as well as funded scholarships awarded by the Auburn Veterans Committee and benefiting veterans or their dependents pursuing degrees at Auburn-area post-secondary educational institutions. The 2014 Blast and Cast resulted in a contribution of $6,500 in support of Auburn Veterans Committee scholarships.
|In addition to honoring the event's namesake Kevin Bell (pictured center with family), this year's
Blast and Cast also honored former police chief Frank "Buddy" deGraffenreid (pictured left)
and Col. Andrew LaMar Jr. (pictured right)
Kevin Bell, the son of Debbie Allen, passed away in 2010 at the age of 29 after a 22-year battle with Friedreich's Ataxia, a neurological disorder which robbed him of the ability to walk and write by age 11. Having earned two degrees at Auburn and serving as a substitute teacher at Auburn High School, family and friends chose to create scholarships in his name as a means of perpetuating Kevin's own love of education. This year's event also paid tribute to two long-time supporters of the Blast and Cast who passed away in 2015: Col. Andrew LaMar Jr., the father of Blast and Cast organizer Andy LaMar; and Frank "Buddy" deGraffenreid, who served previously as the City of Auburn's chief of police.
For more information about the scholarship fund, visit the fund's page on Facebook, and for more photos from the event, visit the troop's online photo album.