Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Several members of the eighth-grade football team prepared for their shift at the Canfield Gridiron Club’s ninth annual Meet the Team Steak Fry on Aug. 13.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the seventh-grade football team and coaches were introduced to family and friends at the football stadium during the Canfield Gridiron Club’s ninth annual Meet the Team Steak Fry on Aug. 13.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the eighth-grade cheerleading squad were on hand to help sell 50/50 tickets at the Canfield Gridiron Club’s ninth annual Meet the Team Steak Fry on Aug. 13.
By ABBY SLANKER
Members of the Canfield Gridiron Club grilled up the steaks during the club’s ninth annual Meet the Team Steak Fry fundraiser at the Canfield High School cafeteria on Aug. 13.
The Canfield Gridiron Club is the booster club for the Canfield Local Schools football teams and cheerleading squads.
Each football squad, from seventh-grade to varsity, took shifts during the dinner, including bussing, cleaning tables and doing dishes. Throughout the day, each team, along with their cheerleaders, were introduced in the football stadium to family and friends with the varsity team being introduced at a rally at the end of the fundraiser.
Jackie French served as chair of the event, with Cindy Toohey serving as co-chair. According to French, the steak fry is the boosters’ largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to help to meet the needs of the seventh-grade through varsity football and cheer programs.
“All the proceeds raised here today go right back into the football and cheer programs to provide whatever the players and cheerleaders might need throughout the year,” French said.
The menu for the steak fry included steak, potatoes, corn, salad, bread, cake and beverage.
A Chinese auction, chaired by Karin Hudock, took place during the dinner and included baskets with donations from each football squad, cheerleaders, football families and local businesses.
“Everyone was very generous with our Chinese auction. They are generous every year and we have many local companies who support us year after year with donating a basket. I can’t stress enough how appreciative we are that our community steps up every year to help the kids,” French said.
Parent members of the Canfield Gridiron Club also volunteered in all aspects of the fundraiser, from selling tickets to working in the kitchen and on the grills, and from prepping the day before to selling team T-shirts at the dinner. The club also offered a 50/50 raffle.
This year’s team T-shirts, dubbed the ‘word shirt,’ features the word ‘Energy.’ Each year, the varsity team chooses one word to be featured on the shirts which will represent the football season. The shirts are $15 and will be available at the football games throughout the season.