Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard reads a resolution proclaiming Saturday as “Blue and Gold” Day in the city as Albany State University holds a week of homecoming celebrations. Listing to the mayor are, from left, Albany Area Chamber President Chirs Hardy, ASU President Everette Freeman, CVB Advisory Council Chair Bobby McKinney and Doughtery Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — The Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau held a news conference Monday afternoon to jump start celebrations of Albany State University’s 2013 homecoming week.
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff “Bodine” Sinyard read resolutions from their respective bodies proclaiming Saturday as “Blue and Gold Day” in the city.
ASU’s football team will face homecoming opponent Morehouse College that afternoon.
“This is the beginning of a great week,” CVB Advisory Council Chairman Bobby McKinney said. “While this is a time to celebrate Albany State, it is also time to recognize that the events this week are the largest single contributor to the economy of Albany and the county, bringing in $3.5 to $4 million.:
“As you know, I am a proud ASU Ram,” Hubbard said after reading her proclamation, “and I just want to add one more thing — Go Rams!”
Sinyard then expressed his appreciation to ASU President Everette Freeman, acknowledging how the economic impact of the week benefited all residents of the city and county.
Freeman said the university shares a unique bond with the city, pointing out that ASU has been operating since 1903. He then looked at Sinyard and said, “let me tell you a story about a unique bond. We had a contingent of students going to Washington for President Obama’s inauguration. Jeff walked up to me and handed me something. I looked down and it was ten $100 bills. Jeff said, ‘feed those kids while they are in Washington.’
“Now he won’t tell that story, but I will.”
Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President Chris Hardy said, “when we think of homecoming we think of parades and football. But as business people we think of things in economic impact. This week is huge we are asking all the businesses in town to follow our lead and get behind Albany state.
“This week we are all ASU Rams.”