The Kingsland Athletic Booster Club (KABC) will honor Spring Valley resident Matt Kolling and the late Kingsland teacher and coach Wally Beevers as the club’s 2017 Hall of Fame inductees during the annual KABC Hall of Fame banquet slated for Saturday, March 25, at the Spring Valley Community Center.

“We hold the KABC Hall of Fame banquet as a fundraiser, but more importantly, to honor our new Hall of Fame inductees. It also gives the community an opportunity to come together not only for a social event, but to do good things for our school and community,” said KABC member Kammy Fenske, who issued an invitation to the public and friends and family of this year’s inductees to join the club as it holds its banquet and awards ceremony, accompanied by a live auction and entertainment by comedian David Harris.

KABC President Leslie Schmidt will be master of ceremonies during the banquet and award ceremony, but most of the entertainment will come from the guest speakers, Mark Slinden speaking on behalf of Beevers, and Trenton Hyland speaking on behalf of Kolling, who will also speak on his own behalf. Dick Schwade heads up an auction and comedian Harris will close out the night. The meal will be catered by Some Like It Hot.

The KABC Hall of Famers are nominated by other individuals who feel they are deserving of this award, and then there is an application process. The applications are brought to the KABC board and voted on by KABC board members.

Kolling was chosen for being an exceptional standout Kingsland athlete who assisted in leading his football team to a state championship in 1995 and for all his time and dedication he still gives to Kingsland athletics.

Beevers was chosen for all he did for Spring Valley, Wykoff and Kingsland schools and athletics as a teacher and a coach.

“Wally was very well-respected by his students and athletes,” said Fenske. “He coached two state championship football teams.”

KABC has been very busy in the past year, according to Fenske. The primary focus has been granting money toward the athletic programs as funds are needed, but the group did donate funds to the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department for the ALICE (threat response) program. KABC has a few projects in the works that members are working on with the school, but a lot will depend on funding, added Fenske.

“There are always going to be ‘up’ and ‘down’ years in athletics, but no matter what, we always have to remember these, our young student athletes, that need the support of our community,” she said. “KABC’s mission is to support Kingsland athletes and coaches. There is no bigger support system than your communities.”

The group has had the challenge of continuous fundraising, but its members are glad to be able to do so to support the Kingsland school activities. Gambling participation has been a big part of providing funds to assist the school athletic programs.

“One thing with gambling, however, is that it is never guaranteed, so we need to always make sure we only spend the funds we have. We continue to hold this fundraiser not only to acknowledge our Hall of Famers, but the money raised from it, we put towards a project the school has been needing help with,” Fenske said. “It is always rewarding to be able to help the school and community. It is KABC’s way of paying it forward. Whether it’s making sure every athlete is given an opportunity to play – with our scholarship program – or seeing something we have raised funds for getting used by our student athletes, it is always rewarding.”

Fenske encourages Spring Valley, Wykoff and Kingsland alumni to become members of KABC at $15 per family per year and also attend the banquet.

The KABC Hall of Fame banquet is set for the evening of Saturday, March 25, at the Spring Valley Community Center. Fenske invited the public to join KABC in honoring Beevers and Kolling. Tickets are $20 for all the activities and food during the evening.

“We guarantee a fun time, delicious food and great memories to be had,” she said. “KABC has a great board of directors that does a lot of work for our student athletes and our school. It takes a lot of time and dedication to make events like this successful. It is a guaranteed fun time and a great cause. In the Kingsland community, we need to all work together to make our school and community successful, and this is just KABC’s way of bringing everyone together and showing what a great support system we have.”