By Sue Moore
It’s not just another fundraiser. It’s a “fun-raiser,” said Cheryl Grabowski, public relations manager for the Vicksburg Athletic Booster’s Bounce Dance on Saturday, March 4 at Indian Run Golf Club.
This is the organization that has raised over $830,000 since 1985. It’s put enough money back into the Vicksburg High School athletic program to ensure that none of the athletes would have to “pay to play” as other area schools have had to do to support programs, Grabowski said. In 2015-16, the Boosters donated over $50,000 to the school’s athletic fund for tennis court upgrades, new gym flooring, a mural on the wall of the gym and other smaller items. They fund $5,000 in scholarships for eight individual male and female senior athletes going on to college each year.
The dance is just one of its fund raising activities but it’s definitely one with the most fun, according to Mindy Reno, who works with the Boosters. The music will be provided by DJ Joe DeBiak. Costing $15 per person, the event will include complementary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and raffle prizes. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until midnight. The public is encouraged to attend; tickets are easy to obtain at home basketball games on February 10 and 27. Others of the boosters who will be selling tickets include Grabowski, 569-2700; Tracey Lovell, 808-4622; Diane Fort, 377-1039; Cindy Johnson, 491-1385; and Lorie Stock, 808-4622; or any other boosters’ reps at http://www.vhsbulldogs.org/main/boosters.
The other major fundraising contributions are generated from the boosters annual Golf Outing in late August, Bingo every Tuesday and Friday night, printed sport programs with new issues every sporting season and advertising on the stadium sign.
The high school had approximately 810 students enrolled in the 2015-16 school year. The athletic rosters totaled nearly 653 students in the same school year. That number reflects the students that play multiple sports.
The Boosters Club is a fundraising organization that focuses on assisting the Vicksburg Community Schools and its student athletes to meet financial obligations that cannot be achieved through the normal funding of the Vicksburg Athletic Department. The purpose of the club is to promote and support athletics at Vicksburg Community Schools in an atmosphere that is consistent with the educational philosophy of the school community, according to its website.