As school budgets are scaled back, cuts made in programs and services, a local group in Escalon is taking on a larger role. The Escalon Sports Boosters has gotten more involved in direct financing for sports, helping maintain a full slate of activities for students.
Escalon High School Athletic Director Mark Loureiro said the work of the boosters is “crucial” given the tough economic times and budget cutbacks. The group’s main fundraiser is coming up later this month, with the goal of making plenty of money to help sports teams with equipment needs, travel expenses and more.
The Escalon Sports Boosters Dinner-Dance is set for Saturday, March 23 at the Escalon Community Center. There will be a no-host bar opening at 5:30 p.m., said Boosters president Deborah Hawkins.
“There will be a tri tip dinner, served at 6:30 p.m. and there will be dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight with the band Remedy playing,” she said.
There are also live and silent auctions planned, opportunity drawings, the chance to mix and mingle, and more.
Cost is $30 per person and tickets are available by contacting Hawkins at 209-406-6355 or Randie Chunn at 209-601-4532. Hawkins is serving as president again this year, with Michelle Fitzgerald as her vice president, poised to take the reins next school year.
“The Sports Boosters Club has really stepped up for us,” Loureiro explained. “Without them, we couldn’t do what we do.”
The dinner dance is always hosted in March and serves as a major fundraiser, along with the club running the snack bar at football games during the fall.
The club also provides refreshments for the various sports awards nights, hosted at the school following each competitive season.
While the district is also stressing a greater focus on academic achievement, officials note that participation in athletics is also beneficial and helps provide for a well-rounded student.