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Cafaro Foundation donates $200,000 for stadium in Niles



Published: Sat, May 12, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.

By JORDAN A. COHEN

news @vindy.com

NILES

Fundraising for renovations at Bo Rein Stadium at Niles McKinley High School got a badly needed boost Friday thanks to a donation of $200,000 from the Cafaro Foundation.

“Niles doesn’t criticize us, but congratulates us for our successes and makes us feel extremely welcome,” said Anthony Cafaro Sr., retired Cafaro Corp. president, as he presented the check during a ceremony at the stadium.

The Rein Stadium Renovation Committee, which was formed nearly four years ago, developed the plans and the fundraising campaign. The committee is trying to raise $2.5 million for a series of renovations with the first phase, replacement of the turf, expected to begin next year.

“We need to replace the turf and the drainage,” said Tim Parry, committee project chairman. “Last season, the turf was in such bad shape that we had to move our Homecoming football game against Hubbard to Girard.”

Parry said the committee has raised $350,000 including the Cafaro donation thus far. “We need to raise $800,000 for the turf, drainage, paving and fencing, and we hope to complete it and start work in 2013.”

Long-range renovation plans for the stadium, built in the 1930s as a public works project, include replacement of locker rooms and restrooms and concession plans, structural repairs and construction of a new press box. The renovations would also reduce the seating capacity from the current 10,000 to 7,000. Parry said completion of the entire project may take eight years.

“We want to make this a first-class facility like it used to be in the ‘60s and ’70s, Parry said.


Comments

1butch3(2 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Flick, "Obviously" nothing. The Carfaro's have been major contributors to the community for 50 years that I know of.
It's people like you that probably have never given any money or credit to anyone that continue to be beat up those who try to help others in need.

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2Forejjg(21 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

@ butch 3, it's nice to see the money going to something good, however the problem with the entire Ohio valley (Youngstown area) is that any money is good....even dirty money. This place will never change. My heart is there, but thank goodness I'm no longer there.

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3butch3(2 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Flick, I no longer live in the Valley either.

I really question "dirty" money. The Cafaro's have worked hard all their lives, attempted to develop jobs in the Valley and the Vindicator has nothing good to say about them and keep the negative news in the limelight.

The lousy newspaper makes a big deal about everything negative in Ytown.

They have no news to report so they beat dead horses. Look at today's news. Looks like a social news paper.

If their editorial staff we so great they would not be sitting in the valley making up news.

Come down here to S. FL. and you will see real crime and corruption.

Thanks for listening.

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4Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Butch you must live in a dreamworld (not S fl.), the jails are full to the brim with public servant's that were on the take , bought and paid for by the Cafaro's.

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5southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Seems as though the money could be better utilized elsewhere

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