POINT PLEASANT — Gallipolis and Point Pleasant have always served one another as rivals in the high school sports world, primarily due to the proximity of the two communities. But for all their athletic battles over the years, the two storied schools couldn’t have been more in unison than they were Friday night.
Both Gallia Academy and Point Pleasant helped raise over $9,000 during Friday night’s boys basketball contest at PPHS, with the proceeds going to the family of Bill and LaTanya Smith of Point Pleasant. The Smith’s lost two children, Tiffany Grant, 26, and Braxton Smith, 11, as a result of a devastating house fire last Saturday. The Smith’s 14-year old son Tre was critically injured and remains in a Cincinnati, Ohio hospital. The Smith’s home was a total loss.
GAHS junior varsity basketball coach Greg Atkins presented Smith Family representative Noah Smith with a donation of $4,588 on behalf of the basketball team and students from Gallia Academy High School. PPHS donated the entire gate to the family which, again, in all, raised over $9,000. Noah also extended a very heart-felt thank you to young Trent Handley of Point Pleasant who donated all $68 that he won during the Ohio Valley Bank Dash for Cash at halftime.
Peoples Bank set up a special benefit fund to assist the Smiths with donations of cash and checks being accepted at any Peoples Bank location in the area. One hundred percent of the funds collected will go toward the family’s recovery.