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Clover Touchdown Club dinner, auction Aug. 9

The fifth annual Clover Touchdown Club Steak Dinner and Auction will be Saturday, Aug. 9 in the school cafeteria.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Organizers decided to go with individual ticket sales for this year’s event.

“Last year, we sold tickets in pairs,” said club president Jamie McMackin. “Some requested single tickets, so we decided to go with single ticket sales at $38.”

McMackin said each ticket includes a steak dinner, catered by Christopher’s in Lake Wylie, and door prize drawings.

The guest speaker will be Chris Howell, a 1989 graduate of Clover High School and former Blue Eagle football player. Howell is pastor of a church in Gastonia, N.C., and a member of the Gaston County School Board.

McMackin said club members devote a lot of time and effort into providing supplemental funding for the CHS football program.

“The monies generated by the touchdown club provide funding beyond the amount the Clover School District budgets for football,” said McMackin. “With the touchdown club’s supplemental funding, the football team is less dependent on the CHS Athletic Booster Club funding.”

McMackin said the booster club, which makes money from football concessions, provides funding for all of the sports at CHS.

“It’s a good situation to meet the needs of the total athletic department,” he said.

McMackin said the touchdown club relies on three major fundraising efforts to provide supplemental funding for Blue Eagle football – the sale of discount cards, the sale of Blue Eagle apparel and the Aug. 9 steak dinner and auction.

“We had good response to the sale of discount cards throughout the school district,” said McMackin. “We received a lot of support from the Clover and Lake Wylie areas.”

In addition to meeting the needs of the football program, McMackin said the touchdown club lends its support to the CHS cheerleaders and trainers.

“They are all part of the football program” said McMackin. “The cheerleaders and football players will help serve at the steak dinner fundraiser.”

Tickets can be purchased at; click on the online ticket order link. Tickets will be mailed or can be picked up at the door the day of the steak dinner/auction.

McMackin said Blue Eagle players and touchdown club members will sell tickets to the steak dinner/auction.

Clover Touchdown Club membership fees are:

•  Individual membership, $25, includes membership sticker and individual voting rights at meetings.

•  Family membership, $35, up to two adult members, includes membership sticker and voting rights for both members.

•  Encourager Blue Eagle membership, $100: This membership is for businesses or individuals who want to sponsor the team or individual player. The fee helps fund touchdown club scholarships. The membership includes a Blue Eagle Touchdown Encourager cap, team photo, membership sticker, name in football program and website recognition on touchdown club sponsor page. All Encouragers have a vote at all meetings.

McMackin is Clover Touchdown Club president for 2014, and Gary Love is the vice president. Wanda Summitt is the club’s treasurer and Lesa Jenkins is the education chairwoman. Becky Standridge is the secretary, with Jay Young serving as membership chairman.

The club was organized in the early 1970s and became a South Carolina state recognized nonprofit organization in March, 1991. The club was incorporated on Feb. 10, 2011.

The club meets the first Monday of each month from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the off season and from 7 to 7:30 p.m. during the football season. Meetings are in the CHS weight room unless otherwise notified.

McMackin said Clover fans are rallying behind the Blue Eagle football team.

“The community is excited about coach Smith and the Blue Eagle football team,” he said. “The CHS football program has turned around in a short period of time.”