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Fund-raising rally will kick off stadium drive



Published: Tue, April 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The improvements will allow Harding to host multischool invitationals.

WARREN -- Warren City Schools will launch a fund-raising campaign next week for renovating and improving Mollenkopf Stadium and its adjacent outdoor facilities.

Business and community leaders, schools personnel and Warren G. Harding alumni will kick off the Mollenkopf Athletic Complex Improvement Campaign at 4 p.m. May 4 at the stadium.

Also on hand will be Mayor Michael O'Brien and the Raider Marching Band.

"The new Mollenkopf Athletic Complex is sure to be a source of pride for the entire Warren Community for many years to come," said Edward Bolino, board of education member.

City schools pupils and local citizens will enjoy a safe, well-lighted multipurpose facility that can be utilized year-round, officials said.

One of the features of the renovated stadium will be the field's synthetic turf. Paul Trina, athletics director, said the turf will allow for a consistent and level playing surface for all sports, regardless of weather conditions.

"The synthetic turf does not wear easily and will ultimately reduce maintenance costs, increase student and community use, increase opportunities for band, soccer and physical education programs, and increase overall revenue," he said.

Harding's will be the only high school stadium in the Mahoning Valley to feature such turf, officials said.

The band also will benefit from an expanded band shell. The existing shell accommodates only 120 of the band's 220 members.

Other complex amenities will include a soccer/football field, baseball field, tennis courts, improved lighting and an eight-lane track.

The new track will allow Harding to host multischool invitationals. Right now Harding has to compete at other facilities in Trumbull and nearby counties hosting such events.

Holding such events here will help increase revenue and traffic to the city, officials said. "And residents will benefit from the convenience and availability of a local track," Bolino said.

A variety of sponsorship levels is available for donating to the improvement campaign. To obtain a pledge card, call (330) 841-2321, Ext. 206, or visit the school district Web site at: www.warrenschools.k12.oh.us. Endowment opportunities are also possible.




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