Lake boosters mark golf fundraiser, prepare for basketballWritten by Brandi Barhite | Associate Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s note: Toledo Free Press will follow the Blank family of Millbury for the next year as they rebuild their lives after a June 5 tornado destroyed their Main Street home.
The golf event Ed Blank organized for the Lake Athletic Boosters will become annual because of its success, he said in an e-mail. The Oct. 10 outing generated about $2,000 for student athletes.
“The weather was beautiful,” Ed said. “We received great support from other neighboring schools with players from Clay, Rossford and Penta.”
Team Sports, Toledo Edison, Snow’s Wood Shop and Rudolph|Libbe were some of the businesses that sent participants. Eighteen teams participated in total.
“We plan to make this a yearly event and hope to grow it to a max of 28 teams,” he said.
Ed said the event was added to the fundraising lineup because of several financial responsibilities. With the loss of the field house and a concession stands to the June 5 tornado, which play a major role in fundraising, the booster club is concerned about revenue for the next couple years, he said. The club provides uniforms for student athletes. It also paid for the construction of a track barn that was unveiled in the spring.
Booster treasurer Tom Steedman said the club still owes $138,000 on the track barn and needs to fulfill its promise of providing $4,400 annually for uniforms. The $2,000 from the golf fundraiser will go toward the barn loan.
“Football season was OK; soccer season wasn’t nearly as good as what we thought it would be,” Steedman said of concessionary revenue.
In addition to attendance being light at the final home football game, “hot chocolate usually does well, but it never got cold enough,” Steedman said.
Booster president Kurt Johnson said concessions might suffer during basketball season. The basketball games will be hosted in the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) at Owens as Lake High School is rebuilt.
The booster club hopes to get a secured storage unit to keep at Owens, so it will not have to bring the concessions back and forth from the games. Right now, Owens has a spot for storage, but it is not secure, Johnson said.
Usually, Steedman and Johnson were able to get into the school to organize and restock, which they won’t be able to do at Owens.
They also aren’t sure if fans will show up to watch the games at Owens.
“We just don’t know if parents will drop kids off and let them run around for a few hours,” Steedman said.
The first game is Nov. 27 when the Lake girls will play Rossford.