Published On: Fri, May 16th, 2014

Pay it forward, change lives: History Hounds sponsors fundraiser bonanza for Little League and Family Refuge Center

History Hounds founders L:R Sean Soffera, Keegan Nanney and Troy Nanney.

History Hounds founders L:R Sean Soffera, Keegan Nanney and Troy Nanney.

History Hounds founder, Troy Nanney, is on a mission.

He wants to change lives. “I am blessed more than I deserve to be and want to help people in ways they can’t imagine.” With this in mind he took an estate collection of 20 pieces of jewelry, worth over $5,000, that had been donated as “seed money” for History Hounds and is turning it into the grand prize for a raffle whose proceeds are designated for a 50/50 split between the Little League groups of Greenbrier County and the Family Refuge Center (FRC)

History Hounds is the brainchild of Nanney and his children, Keegan Nanney, 14 and Sean Soffera, 19. History Hounds is “about locating lost treasure for people.” Not just financial treasure. What really gets Nanney excited is the idea of reconnecting with ancestral heritage in this valley and beyond. Nanney relates a family story of his several-times great-grandfather hiding the family jewels in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War that has never been found. With their archeological dig equipment, History Hounds finds such things as old bottles, pipes, coins, jewelry and the like. His son, Sean Soffera, is credited with coining the name. Sean is incredibly proud. As he should be. History Hounds received their business license this year and presented at the Greenbrier County Entrepreneurs Cafe last year.

Flash forward to today. A fan of History Hounds donated the aforementioned 20 piece collection of estate jewelry to help along the business. However, Nanney felt other people could use more help. He contacted the Little League of Greenbrier County about selling raffle tickets for the estate collection. And a fundraiser was born. Nanney quickly realized he should have had two raffles, one for both ends of the county. His backer came up with yet another 20 piece set of estate jewelry, also worth $5,000. Nanney excitedly says “The potential to raise upwards of $100,000 for this community is amazing. We can help people who have lost everything, or just need a little help buying uniforms for their child. We can pay it forward and really change lives.” No stranger to helping out his community and a “pay it forward” attitude, Nanney, son to Jackie Nanney who is the owner of Lewisburg Diamond and Gold (LDG), has helped with fundraisers LDG has sponsored through the years.

The details? Tickets can be purchased for $5 apiece from most any Little League player in the county. There are two raffles ongoing for each end of Greenbrier County. Two grand prize winners will win the estate collection of jewelry consisting of rings, necklaces, broaches, and the like. Additionally, two 2nd prize winners will be drawn. In the Eastern end of the county, the 2nd prize winner will receive a hand drawn family portrait sketch valued at $1,000, donated by Art Chick Creations owner Amy Kern. In the Western end of the county, the 2nd prize winner will receive a full photo session, also valued at $1,000, donated by Baby Duck Photography owner Starann Duckworth. High sellers will also win cash prizes in both drawings. Tickets will be on sale through mid-June. Grand prize drawing date will be announced next week.

For more information please contact Troy Nanney at 304-992-2511.