Friday, February 1 was Carolina Panther’s Day at Buddy Stasney’s Buick GMC in Lincolnton. Buick GMC has partnered this year with the Panthers which allows local dealerships to connect with their loyal and passionate fans.
According to Buddy Stasney “the Panthers, as sponsors of Buick GMC, come out to all the communities and do community events to put more emphasis on the Panthers and community spirit, and also do a lot of donations and charity work to go along with that. The Panthers gave us some nice items that we are going to turn around and donate to charities in the community.”
Visiting at the local dealership Friday were members of the Top Cat Cheerleaders, the Panther Drumline and Sir Purr mascot. They interacted with the public, performed and signed autographs.
Prizes of Panther t-shirts, caps, and official yearbooks were given away for those who answered trivia questions during the day. Hot dogs, chips and brownies were enjoyed by many of the visitors.
Luke Kuechly, of the Carolina Panthers who was named the 2012 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday night, donated one of his jerseys and helmets to be used to help raise money for a community charity or project.
Mr. Stasney said that the Kuechly jersey “will be used in the community to help raise money for scholarships through the Rotary Auction in April, and the helmet will be used to raise money at a Charter School.”
The Mountain Island Charter School which has only been open for three years is struggling according to Stasney and the Kuechly helmet will be used by the school to sell tickets for a drawing to win it.
Stasney added “we try to put back in the community and the Carolina Panthers are helping to do a wonderful job putting back in all the communities around here, and it is just a fun event for people to come have a good time.”