Apr 172015

G-D track and field team members (L-R) Sarah Rice, Brianna Considine, and Julianna Elmasri at work in the Athletic Booster's phone roomAngus MacDonald

G-D track and field team members (L-R) Sarah Rice, Brianna Considine, and Julianna Elmasri at work in the Athletic Booster’s phone room

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School student athletes and coaches dialed most of the phones in both towns during the Athletic Booster’s annual phonathon. The spring event raised “… a little over $21,000 in pledges. The Phonathon is our primary source of fundraising,” explained Phonathon Chair Nancy Ohringer.

“Student-athletes and their coaches are given a specific night for their team. The school atmosphere provides a relaxed environment for the teams to make their calls and secure pledges from the community. As is true each year, there are a few students who initially feel a bit nervous in soliciting donations over the phone. Once they get a couple of calls under their belts, they become more at ease and enjoy talking with local residents, and their self-confidence soars. As a result, they become very successful in their fundraising efforts,” she said.

This year’s pledges are down slightly from last year’s when the club raised $23,000, according to Booster club treasurer Lynette Fisher. She wrote in an email that, “In 2014, the Booster club awarded $8,000.00 in scholarships to college bound seniors who demonstrated extraordinary citizenship and leadership. The GDABC also provided $6,500.00 to purchase new high jump pits, $5,100.00 to purchase new soccer goals and nets, $2,300.00 for Lacrosse goals and nets, funding for indoor training facilities for spring sports, field hockey goalie equipment, and funded many other requests from coaches.”

Looking back over the history of the club, Ohringer wrote, “Before this year’s Phonathon, the Athletic Boosters have raised more than $290,000. Money raised provides scholarships to graduating student-athletes as well as financial support to help supplement the athletic budgets for both the Middle School and the High School.

The Booster Club is hopeful that all those who generously made a pledge during our Phonathon last month will be able to fulfill their outstanding pledges by June 30th.

“With the continued impact of a very slow economy affecting families within our two communities, we understand that it may be difficult or even impossible for some residents to contribute this year,” Ohringer said. “We welcome any and all gifts that are received. With the envisioned deficit in the school district’s projected budget, and it’s impact on the athletic budget in particular, your gift, large or small, will be appreciated more than ever.”

More detailed information about the Athletic Boosters members, mission, and specific funding is on its website www.gdathleticboosters.org. For those members of the community who were not reached during the Phonathon and would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, they may do so by mailing their checks to the GDABC, P.O. Box 1190, Groton, MA 01450.

The Booster Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at the High School at 6:30 p.m. All Groton and Dunstable residents and parents are welcome.