I was never good at fundraisers.
I’d usually try to coax my parents into buying all my chicken dinner tickets for Hershey High School cross country.
I mean, everyone loves $45 worth of chicken, right?
On Tuesday, I met someone determined to raise more than I could ever imagine.
Jeanne Walton of West York stopped by Panera to visit my mobile office.
Her son, Trey, plays for Black Dog Lacrosse, a travel team with all York County players.
Recently, the boys made the championships at a tournament in Alexandria, Va. They will be moving onto the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 29-31.
“It was really overwhelming and thrilling,” Walton said, “but no one was financially prepared for it.”
First and foremost, they’re raising enough to cover the entry fee, about $1,400.
Next, theyll need to raise more than $25,000 to cover other expenses, like airfare and hotel rooms for the 24 players.
So far, they have $1,100 from a car wash at Metro Bank.
And they’re still going, she said.
Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Chili’s in West Manchester Township will donate 10 percent of sales for those who mention Black Dog Lacrosse.
The team is selling tickets for $35 for a crab feast at the Spring Grove Fire Hall Sept. 29.
They’re holding another car wash Sept. 23 at Metro Bank.
They even applied for a small games of chance license to hold a pick 4 daily lottery.
Plus, there’s this gofundme.com site, where folks can donate.
And here’s an interesting story. Last night, the Black Dog parents were meeting at the White Rose Bar and Grill in York (which, by the way, is donating 15 percent of proceeds to the lacrosse team Sept. 10).
A woman, Walton told me, asked why they were meeting.
She said that they were part of a lacrosse team raising money to go to a national tournament.
The woman, originally from Tampa, said she played the sport for Lake Erie Lacrosse and handed the parents a $50 check.
“I was so overwhelmed by her generosity,” Walton said. “People who have played lacrosse – it’s a real community.”
Really cool hearing about their efforts.
If you’re interested in helping Black Dog Lacrosse, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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