With the Aug. 14 Cougar dinner/auction kickoff a success, the York Touchdown Club continues its strong support of the York Comprehensive High School football program.
The fundraiser at the Garden Café’s events center was well-attended, with supporters bidding for keepsakes that included autographed Jadeveon Clowney souvenirs.
“A special thank-you goes to members of the York Touchdown Club,” Cougar head football coach Bobby Carroll said. “They raise a ton of money for our football program. We are excited about the first annual dinner/auction fundraiser.”
Club President Tim Hartsoe said all funds generated by the organization go to the football team.
“This year, the touchdown club donated new gray pants to go with gray jerseys provided by school district athletic funds,” said Hartsoe. “The club also purchased a new sled for practice drills.”
Hartsoe said high school football programs statewide need more funding to meet the growing demands of the sport.
“The touchdown club provides supplemental funding for the football program, which is needed to keep pace with Northwestern and the other powerhouse teams,” he said.
He said touchdown club funding allows the athletic booster club to focus on the financial needs of the other YCHS team sports.
“If we raise $25,000 for the football team, that’s $25,000 the athletic booster club can spend elsewhere,” said Hartsoe. “The booster club provides funding for the total athletic department.”
Mike Peterson, a touchdown club board member, said there is a need for more memberships. “We need their energy and support,” he said. “It takes a lot of work to organize a major fundraiser. We need support financially as well as the volunteer help additional members can provide.”
For details, contact Peterson at 803-627-4199; Hartsoe can be reached at 803-627-1339.
A membership to the touchdown club is $100 annually.
Contact information for Peterson and other board members and membership applications are available online at www. yorktouchdownclub.com; click on the membership form link.
York Touchdown Club Secretary Mary Elyn Carroll said in an email to touchdown club members, “The 2014 Cougar dinner/auction kickoff was a tremendous success.
“Thanks to everyone who put the event together.
“Thanks to those who bought tickets, who bid on items and added to the fun of the evening.”
Carroll also thanked the individuals, merchants and organizations that contributed items for the auction.
“Thanks to Luke Peterson for displaying the bid items and to the auctioneer and his great sense of humor,” said Carroll. “A special thanks to Garden Café owner Teresa James and her staff.”
Hartsoe said touchdown club membership is holding steady in the 100 to 110 range.