Youth sports fundraiser next weekend

By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Local businesses are partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor a Youth Sports Scholarship, beginning with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on March 14, 5:30 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center.

“It came up because it seems like the numbers are down at Parks and Rec. for kids participating in the city’s athletics programs,” said Gary Charlon of State Farm – one of the scholarship sponsors. “I thought, ‘Maybe some people just can’t afford to do it.’”

According to Charlon, Parks and Rec. Director Jason Patin told him that the city tries to work with low-income families who want to participate in the city’s programs, but there’s no funding for it.

So the dinner will be a step toward building a scholarship fund to help any local child participate in local athletics, regardless of finances.

Spaghetti dinner tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. Photographer Ray Hocker donated the use of his photo booth to the event, and printed on the back of each ticket is a free ice cream coupon redeemable at Baskin Robbins.

Scholarship sponsors also include Coldwell Banker and the city of Ridgecrest.

“All of the proceeds go right into the scholarship fund to benefit any family who can’t afford to have their children in a Parks and Rec. program, for whatever reason,” said Charlon.

“I just want all those kids to have the opportunity to participate if they can.”

Fundraiser tickets are available at Red Rock Books, the Swap Sheet, State Farm and Parks and Rec.

For further information contact State Farm at 760-446-4279.

Story First Published: 2019-03-08