CANYON – The West Texas A&M men’s soccer team and head coach Butch Lauffer will be hosting their 19th annual Hat Trick Dinner this Friday evening, April 25 to raise money for the men’s soccer scholarship fund. The event will take place in Amarillo at the Holiday Inn on 1910 I-40 East and will begin at 7 p.m.
The Hat Trick Dinner is a relaxing evening where guests are served by their designated Waiter (member of the WTAMU men’s soccer program). Why Hat Trick? The meaning behind “Hat Trick” is that the soccer program has three goals attempting to be accomplished by this event: 1) fun and fellowship, 2) alumni and local involvement, and 3) increase in scholarship and alumni fund for the men’s soccer team. In addition to dinner, guests will enjoy cocktail time, a silent auction and the famous (or sometimes infamous) tipping of the best waiters in Amarillo. In the spirit of the hat trick theme, sophomore midfielder George Beasley of the Buffs’ squad recorded one in his three-goal outing at home on Sept. 13, 2013, a 5-0 WT triumph.
This event is intended to be entertaining as well as profitable. Revenues generated from corporate sponsorship, ticket sales, auction items, and tips will be used for the men’s soccer scholarship fund. Individual tickets ($30) as well as corporate tables ($200) are still available for purchase. Contact head coach Butch Lauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Friday’s guest speaker will be former Liverpool and England International member Jimmy Melia. Born in Liverpool, Melia was a schoolboy international of exceptional promise and clearly destined from an early age to have a long and distinguished soccer career, which he certainly did by playing in over 500 Football League games for five different clubs. But it was with his home-town club that he made his name as an inside-forward after coming through the junior ranks and signing professional forms on his 17th birthday in November of 1954. Liverpool had just been relegated to the Second Division after a long spell and was desperate to return to the First, especially as city rivals Everton had passed them on the way down as they returned to the top League as runners-up to Leicester City. After his playing days were finally over, Melia held numerous coaching and managerial posts in several countries but is probably most remembered for being behind Brighton and Hove Albion's heroic run to the FA Cup final in 1983, which included a shocking fifth round victory over Liverpool at Anfield when they were bottom of the First Division at the time and their hosts were top.