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Chicken Cook List Trimmed

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Posted: December 3, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Mark Kruger, from left, Rick Stocker and James Willett grill chicken Saturday to raise money for the Heritage High School’s Future Farmers of America in Rogers. Willett said the benefit chicken cooks, held at Second and Locust streets in Rogers, have raised $40,000 for a variety of organizations this year. Each event raises $1,000 to $1,300 for the benefiting group, Willett said.

One man has turned tons of grilled chicken into scholarships, uniforms, equipment and other benefits for local students and some clubs over the past 50 years.

Fast Facts

Whitey Smith

Whitey Smith graduated from Rogers High School in 1955 where he was a football player.

He was the first Rogers player to play in the Arkansas High School All-Star game.

He volunteered to run chains at the football games after he graduated and operated the clock for boys basketball for 23 years.

He coached Pee Wee football and Little League baseball.

In 2000 he won a national award for volunteerism from National Sporting Good Manufacturing Association, which included an $18,000 check. He used the money to set up a special account for athletic team needs.

It’s estimated he has raised more than $1 million for youth activities.

Source: Staff Report

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