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Bulldog Bash offers fun, supports student athletes

1/23/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Shown during last year’s Bulldog Bash are Sandy Kalenterides, at left, and Kimberlie Porter.
Photo courtesy of Green All Sports Booster Club
GREEN — Area residents are being invited to enjoy a casino night fundraiser that will help student athletes at Green Middle and High schools.

The Bulldog Bash will take place Feb. 8 at Raintree Country Club, located at 4350 Mayfair Road. The event will offer a night of fun for one price, according to Emily Tricaso, who is co-chairing the event with Jeannie Angel on behalf of the Green All Sports Booster Club.

The Green All Sports Booster Club is a volunteer group of people that supports and funds all student athletes at Green Middle and High schools, according to Tricaso. That group includes more than 1,000 athletes on 60 teams, she added.

“Athletes need proper equipment to succeed,” said Tricaso. “We help improve programs and facilities, which is an asset to the community and benefits all teams who visit. The Bulldog Bash has become a very popular social event to spend with friends; it is a nice shout out to our athletic staff; and helps support our student athletes.”

The evening event, with doors opening at 6 p.m., will offer casino tables with blackjack, roulette, slots, poker, Texas hold ’em and craps. In addition, there will be a disc jockey, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

Also planned are auctions of themed baskets, she said. A silent auction will include items such as time in a vacation house in Hilton Head, S.C., and four Bridgestone tires, with each basket valued at least $250 or more. Also, raffle tickets will be sold for other package baskets offering beauty and spa services and gift certificates for golf, entertainment, restaurants and more.

Tricaso added that this year more than $3,000 in cash prizes will be offered through various games, including a top prize of $1,000.

Last year, the Booster Club exceed its fundraising goal of $20,000, raising more than $22,000 in profit, mostly through the auction of 51 packages that brought in between $250 to $1,700 each, according to Tricaso. This year, the Booster Club also hopes to exceed that $20,000 goal.

According to Tricaso, this past fall, the Booster Club used the funds to provide more than $24,500 in support of athletic activities, including: a new school athletic website; audio-visual equipment and remodeling of the varsity football team locker room; championship banners for the high school gym; a scoreboard and windscreen for the high school softball field; a pop-up tent for boys and girls cross country teams; warm-ups and backpacks for the swim team; funds for all fall, winter and spring awards banquets; a $500 scholarship to one female and one male; and discretionary funding for all sports teams.

Tricaso said this year the Booster Club plans to increase the scholarship awards and hand out $1,000 scholarships to two females and two males in the spring, and other assistance will be offered to teams as requests are made.

The cost to attend the Bulldog Bash is $75 per person or two tickets for $135. A ticket includes $25 in casino fun money and a chance to win $1,000. Tickets are available by calling Kathy Weaver at 330-603-3024 or by visiting www.bulldogfans.com.

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