Lakewood Athletic Boosters Annual Night At The Races

The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 13th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on March 4, 2017 at St. Mary Banquet Hall 3256 Warren Road Cleveland, Ohio. This fun event helps raise funds for Lakewood High and Middle School Sports.

The Night at the Races event is from 6:00- 11:30 pm with the races starting at 7:30 pm. Geiger’s, Slife Heating and Cooling, KB Confections, Italian Creations, Ross’s Deli, and Panera Bread are among the local businesses that are sponsoring or donating and supplying food and beer for this event. People may bring their own food and beverages to enjoy, as well. This event is for people 21 and over. No tickets will be sold at the door and tickets must be presented for admission. People are encouraged to visit the Lakewoodathleticboosters.org website to order tickets and horses.

In addition to Raffle Baskets filled with donated items from area businesses and Side Boards, Night at the Races will have some big auction items-- a jewelry piece from Broestl & Wallis, electronics, a signed NFL jersey, and Cavaliers, and Indians items. Businesses can purchase ads for the Race Form booklet. There will also be an opportunity to purchase $25 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2 year lease for a 2017 Buick Encore from Steve Barry Buick (tax and title included) or $10,000 cash option. The Car Raffle winner will be randomly selected on March 14, 2017 at the Winter Sports Awards at the Civic Auditorium at 6:00 pm (Winner need not be present) Only 2,000 Car Raffle tickets will be sold. People can access information about purchasing tickets for Night at the Races, the Car Raffle, Sponsoring, or Advertisement placement at the Lakewood Athletic Boosters website: LakewoodAthleticBoosters.org.

The Athletic Boosters was founded in 1988 as a Non-Profit organization. At the time, Lakewood was having difficulties passing school levies and it was feared that some of the sports programs could be cut. The Pay-to-Participate fee was instituted to help cover the cost of the sports programs at the High School. A group of parents (among them Ed Favre, Mary Wallace, Art and Helen Stupiansky, Anthony Di Biasio and others) did the hard work of establishing and organizing the Athletic Booster Club as the Lakewood Adult Boosters Club. Their mission was to support and promote Lakewood High and Middle School Sports, to lend moral backing to the coaches and teams and to assist school athletic endeavors.

Every year, the Lakewood Athletic Boosters donates $60,000-$70,000 to the Lakewood Schools Athletic Department to help subsidize their annual budget. The purchase of new uniforms, equipment, and materials has allowed the Student Athletes to enjoy a positive and memorable experience with school sports. 8-10 Scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded every year to deserving graduating seniors. Recently, the Athletic Boosters have donated extra funds for the new timing board at the High School Pool, new wrestling mats, an IPad for Boys Basketball, and spin bikes. The Pay-to-Play fee for Lakewood High and Middle School sports is one of the lowest in the area at $75 per sport. In many other School districts, Pay to Participate fees can run as high as $600 per sport for each athlete. Volunteers for the Athletic Boosters can earn credit and reduce their Pay-to-Play fee even further by volunteering for the Boosters at the Concession stands, Night at the Races, or the Ranger Shop. Since its inception, the Lakewood Athletic Boosters have donated over a million dollars back to Lakewood City Schools Athletic Department.

Ann Schwarz

Ann Schwarz President of Lakewood Athletic Boosters Co-Chair Lakewood After Prom 2017 Self Employed- Home Day Care Provider BS From The Ohio State University in Family Relations and Human Development

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 4:24 PM, 02.07.2017