By ABBY SLANKER
The Canfield Athletic Boosters sponsored its 14th annual Super Bowl Party at St. Michael’s Family Life Center last Sunday, as one of three fundraisers the organization holds each year. According to Chris Thomas, president, all the proceeds go to Canfield sports teams.
“The goal of the Canfield Athletic Boosters is that 100 percent of the money we raise goes right back to the school each year. In the past 15 years, we have donated $650,000 to various Canfield sports teams,” Thomas said.
The organization supports all sports teams and considers and fills requests for funds from the teams.
“The remodeling of the wrestling room and the weight room at the high school were funded by the Canfield Athletic Boosters. We also donate money to Renovate the Roost,” Thomas said.
The organization also funds the Dick Weiss Scholarship for two students each year.
“We pretty much focus on the smaller sports teams. The ones that are not big revenue earners. That’s where the majority of our donations go,” Thomas said.
The evening included a buffet dinner and dessert, catered by Mocha House, beverages and a halftime snack, which included wings, hot dogs and nachos.
“We wanted to give our guests a tailgate feel with our halftime menu,” Thomas said.
Several large-screen TVs were set up throughout the Family Life Center so no one would miss any of the action between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The tables at the event were decorated with each team’s colors.
Door prizes, which included Apple TV, two Bluetooth speakers and gift cards from local vendors and restaurants, were given away each quarter. Pay outs included $1,000 a quarter and $1,500 for the final score.
“We sell 200 tickets and are sold out every year,” Thomas said. “This event is an annual tradition for many families and several have been at every one from the very beginning — 14 years ago.”
The event also included a raffle for jewelry donated by Adamas Jewelers.
Members of the booster club were responsible for selling tickets and also worked the event, from tending bar to selling raffle tickets.