May 2023 Press Release for Sports Forum Fundraiser


“SPORTS TALK WITH MISSISSIPPI LEGENDS” Jake Gibbs and Glynn Griffing of Ole Miss, Rockey Felker and Matt Wyatt of Mississippi State and moderated by the noted sportswriter Rick Cleveland is certain to be a sell-out, so make plans to purchase a ticket soon. Friends of Lexington Preservation (FOLP) and Lexington Odd Fellows Cemetery (LOFC) have joined forces to bring this exciting and fun-filled event to Lexington, Mississippi on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at noon. Doors open at the City of Lexington Multi-Purpose Complex at 22521 Depot Street in Lexington at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to hearing about the storied lives of these four Mississippi quarterbacks, there will be a box lunch and auction of sports memorabilia -- all for the price of a $50 ticket. Bryan Killebrew, an auctioneer from Holmes County, will auction off sports memorabilia and gift baskets. The centerpiece of the auction is a baseball signed by Don Larson and Yogi Berra dated October 8, 1956 – the day that Larson threw the only perfect game in World Series history. It was Game 5 of the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Berra was the Yankee catcher. The baseball is from the personal collection of Jake Gibbs who has generously donated it. In addition to the autographed ball, it will have a notarized authentication by Gibbs and include a photograph of Gibbs with both Larson and Berra in their New York Yankee uniforms and the iconic photograph of Berra jumping into the arms of Larsen after the final pitch. If you are a collector of New York Yankee or baseball memorabilia, this collection is a treasure.

Sponsorships and ticket sales (less $7.50 for value received in box lunch) are tax-deductible as both FOLP and LOFC have tax-deductible status under the IRS and the State of Mississippi regulations. If you are interested in supporting this event as a sponsor, please phone (662) 801-1293 for further information. Checks should be made payable to FOLP and sent to Post Office Box 684, Lexington, MS 39095; or you may pay on-line at

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