MANATEE -- The bullying cheerleader coach of “Glee” continues to shower the county with kindness.
Jane Lynch, who has won an Emmy Award and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on the hit Fox musical comedy series, has been a super supporter of pal Trish Jackson’s Palmetto High School Rowing Club.
Lynch acted as emcee, using a megaphone to announce winners, during the first Chopper Dropper fund-raiser May 14 at River Wilderness Golf & Country Club in Parrish.
Two thousand golf balls sold by numbered tickets at $50 each were dropped from a helicopter onto the targeted green.
Two lucky ticket holders from Palmetto -- Dennis Stinson and the Patten family -- had their golf balls fall into the hole and will split the $25,000 grand prize.
More than an estimated $40,000 was raised for the rowing team, which just completed its first season, to purchase new equipment.
“Thank you all for making this weekend a huge success,” Jackson said in an email sent to community leaders. “This event was a success only because of everyone’s hard work.”
Los Angeles residents Lynch and wife Lara Embry, formerly of Manatee County, purchased $5,000 in tickets and donated them back to Palmetto High Rowing. The couple also gave an additional $5,000.
Katie Jones from Northwest Natural Products purchased $2,000 in tickets. One of her tickets won a $5,000 prize, which she is donating back to Palmetto High Rowing, the county’s first such team.
“Jane and Lara were impressed by the outpour of support from our community as well as the hard work our parents put into this event, and they wanted you all to know that they appreciate all that you have done,” Jackson said.
Jackson thanked Bill Vernon for donating “the beautiful venue, setting up our green, and providing the delicious food.”
She also praised Jim Gabbert, the pilot who donated the helicopter, the fuel and his time.
“Your generosity is greatly appreciated by Palmetto High School Crew,” Jackson said. Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore attended the event.
“It was such an honor to have Jane Lynch come here and I want to give a special thanks to Trish for bringing her,” Whitmore said. “People were star struck. I was star struck. I waited in line to get my picture taken with her. I’m a huge ‘Glee’ fan.”