Renaissance Hotel hosts 18th Jimmy Rane Foundation Banquet

Renaissance Hotel hosts 18th Jimmy Rane Foundation Banquet
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For 18 years the Jimmy Rane Foundation has held an annual banquet that continued Thursday night at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery.

The night brought together some of the biggest stars of the college world both past and present. Some of the stars, which included Alabama's Nick Saban, Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Bo Jackson, and even Dabo Swinney were in the house.

Normally, the banquet has a guest speaker but the foundation took a different route this year.

The foundation decided to honor former Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Gene Stallings.

I'm most appreciative really. I'm lucky to even be here. Last time I was in this building I had a stroke. Lost my peripheral vision. Very appreciative they wanted me to be a part of this program," said Stallings.

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney played under Stallings at Alabama in the 1990s and even coached under Stallings as well and had nothing but kind words for his former coach.

"Coach Stallings is a giver. Always has been. That's one of the things he has modeled for us as players and for me as a young coach. He has always given back to the community."

"He is a great man with a tremendous heart, Don't ever try to outwork him. He has impressed me tremendously since I was able to meet him and get to know him," said former longtime Troy head football coach Larry Blakeney.

The 2018 banquet was the biggest banquet to date. This year the Rane Foundation is giving out 36 scholarships.

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