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Gridiron Club goes beyond obligations

January 5, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Canfield Gridiron Club went above and beyond with more funds for Renovate the Roost, a program designed to renovate the stadium at Canfield High School. The club had fulfilled its original obligations, but decided not to quit there.

"The Gridiron Club has fulfilled their $50,000 obligation to the Renovate the Roost project and is donating an additional $10,000 for a total of $60,000 to further the development this project," said Gridiron Club Vice President Keith Rogers.

He said his club had promised $50,000 for the project when it began several years ago. Since that time the field, stands and track have been redone and a band shell installed.

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Photo by Cindy DeRose, Town Crier correspondent
Renovate the Roost chairman Jim Rousher and co-chairman Mark Graham gladly accept a check for $10,000 from Canfield Gridiron Club President Chris Cole, Treasurer Susan Brown, Vice President Keith Rogers, Secretary Deana Tareshawty, outgoing Vice President Lee Benson, and head football coach Mike Pavlansky, during halftime of the Dec. 27 boys basketball with Boardman.

"The project calls for the renovation and addition to the home side bleachers," Rogers said.

He said that is the reason the Gridiron Club decided to make another donation at the end of 2011. The Gridiron Club in Canfield raises money throughout the year through several fundraisers. They also have private sponsors step up with pledges and at the end of the year, all the funds are added and earmarked for specific projects and needs. Realizing the need to finish the home side, the club decided to keep the ball moving.

Rogers said the funds used to Renovate the Roost are all from donations.

"The Renovate the Roost project has been solely funded by donations and there has been no monies given from the school's general fund," he said.

The $10,000 check for the Renovate the Roost project was given to chairman Jim Rousher and co-chairman Mark Graham during halftime of the boys basketball game against Boardman on Dec. 27.



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