Dr. Garlan Gudger's Roast
Southern Accents is a family owned and operated business that started in 1969 in the garage of Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. Talk to his son, Garlan, Jr., and he will tell you that the success of this business is due not only to his father's tireless efforts throughout the years, but to his genuine love of architectural antiques and his passion for preservation. Garlan, Jr. describes family vacations growing up resembling an episode of Sanford and Son! "We would leave out in the family van and return with a U-haul hooked to the back filled with all kinds antiques and architectural pieces!" This passion has been passed down from father to son, who took over the business in 1999.
Because of health issues lately, Dr. Gudger is unable to spend as much time at the store as he would like but loves to stop in and visit with former customers whenever possible. He is currently doing well and has been the recent recipient of several prestigious recognitions which include an award from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston for surviving 62 years of Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Dr. Gudger, who was diagnosed at the age of 10, credits a life long regimen of exercise, his participation in sports, and the good Lord for his survival. This past April, Dr. Gudger was inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame and was also recently named as one of the top 5 Outstanding Alumni from Tennessee Tech in Cookville, Tennessee.
Tonight, Victim Services of Cullman is hosting it's 3rd Annual Fundraising Roast to honor Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. The roast, which will be held at Terri Pines Country Club will be a fun evening filled with found memories, memorable stories and a few pokes, prods, and jabs along the way! Dr. Gudger is excited and looking forward to spending the evening with family, old friends, former customers and colleagues, as well as former football players from his coaching days!
The evening kicks off at 6:00pm with a meet and greet followed by dinner at 6:30pm with the roast beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets are available for a tax deductible donation of $40 or more per person. Tickets can be purchased at Southern Accents or requested by calling 256 775-2600. All proceeds help support victims of domestic and sexual violence.
We invite you to join us as we honor Dr. Gudger and raise money for a very worthwhile cause!
July 31, 2014, Vol. 111
Join us this Friday, August 1st for the 4th annual Celebrate Cullman Downtown Fest! This is a fun filled event for the entire family! Live music kicks off at 2:00 pm at the Festhalle Market. Two other stages will also provide live entertainment throughout the night. Bands will hit the Bill Smith Buick GMC stage across from Moe's BBQ starting at 5:00pm and the Happy Homes Real Estate stage across from the Stiefelmeyer Building will get started at 6:00pm. Fun stuff for the kids cranks up at 4:00pm throughout the downtown area. You will find carnival and bounce rides, a cow train, prize tent, and mechanical bull that promises tons of fun. Hungry? $5 food items, beverages, and treats like cotton candy and snow cones will be available in the food court located across from the Stiefelmeyer Building or hop in to any of the local restaurants for food and drinks!
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Dr. Gudger was way ahead of his time when he began rescuing architectural elements of historical significance back in 1969!