(From ESPN 8/22/14:)

"The organizers of a Sept. 29 charity event in Mobile, Alabama, have pulled the plug on having Harvey Updyke appear for a pie throw or dunking booth.

Organizers originally believed having Updyke there might give Auburn fans a much-wanted opportunity to get even with him, after he infamously poisoned the beloved oak trees at Toomer's Corner near the Auburn campus during the Tigers' 2010 national championship season.

But Updyke's appearance was canceled Thursday after former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's mother, Dee Dee Bonner, and wife Katherine received death threats and other ugly messages on social media. 

"It seems to be taking away from the primary purpose, which is raising awareness for children's cancer," Bonner said. "We don't want to take away from the focus. We needed to get away from it."

An Auburn University police spokesman said a student was questioned by Auburn city police about a threat against one of the organizers.

The event is to honor John Oliver, a boy from the Mobile area who died from cancer in July. The money raised will benefit Roses From Linda, a nonprofit organization that helps cover transportation costs so family members can visit terminally ill loved ones, as well as children's cancer research."

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SHELBY's EDITORIAL COMMENT: I know the organizers of this event, and the benefit will continue just without all of the controversy, thank goodness. They are good folks and Bama fans will love this event.

It is called "For Ollie" and you can find info about it at: www.facebook.com/rosesfromlinda 

Here's more info on Ollie and his battle with Neuroblastoma. Honoring his memory and bringing awareness to such an ugly disease is the goal here.

From the Roses From Linda Facebook page:

"...Here are the other auction packages available for the "For Ollie" event:
Kevin Norwood will make you a personalized video. How about getting a "Roll Tide" from Mr. Clutch himself!
Homecoming Date with Eryk Anders and Priscilla Wadsworth! 2 winners of this auction will get to go to the Alabama Homecoming game with National Champion, Eryk Anders and Alabama artist, Priscilla Wadsworth.
Katherine Webb will also be doing a personalized video for 1 lucky auction winner! Very cool prize!!
- Working on more. Remember, this is "For Ollie."