By ABBY SLANKER
Looking ahead to the spring season, the Canfield High School baseball organization had its annual Chicken and Pasta Dinner fundraiser Oct. 27 at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. The baseball teams’ parent booster club, the Diamondbackers, organized the event.
“We could like to thank the community for all its support. We have lots of big plans this year, including building a batting barn, so we need to raise a lot of money and we couldn’t do it without our great community. We have a great baseball community here in Canfield,” said Chris Cole, Diamondbackers president.
The meal consisted of chicken, pasta, potatoes, green beans, salad, bread and dessert. St Michael’s donated the use of the hall for the dinner and Kaleel Brothers helped with the food.
Members of the Canfield Cardinals baseball teams were busy helping with the dinner, including bussing tables, working in the kitchen, washing dishes and greeting guests at the door.
Several of the players’ mothers and fathers were hard at work in the kitchen, led by head cook Darin Rhoads. Many parent volunteers and players also helped prep for the dinner the night before.
“Our team parents work very hard behind the scenes. They prepared all the food and prepped for the dinner the day and night before,” said Cole.
Local businesses and team members’ families donated baskets for the featured Chinese auction, including a Christmas basket, a dog care basket, a candy basket, a basket filled with Cardinal spirit wear and several gift card baskets.
A silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia was also showcased, with such items as framed photos and footballs. A 50/50 raffle and a raffle to win Cleveland Browns tickets or OSU tickets was also offered.
Proceeds from the dinner are used to support CHS baseball, such as the varsity team’s spring trip to Myrtle Beach, baseball field renovation and helping with the batting facility.
“Two big projects we are undertaking this year are renovating the high school baseball field and building a batting facility. Everything we do is for the kids. We want to pay it forward with the new field and batting facility. If anyone would like to donate to the batting facility, which would be used by both the high school baseball teams and girls softball teams, and help this dream come true for the kids, you can contact me at 330-533-9125. We would appreciate any help we can get,” said Cole.