MAYFIELD - Mayfield students faced a $30,000 cut to sports programs this school year, but the booster club has raised $22,500, and another fundraiser is planned Sunday.
The school faced the possibility of losing eight athletic programs this year, and in their second year, the boosters have raised almost enough money to save modified boys and girls basketball, modified volleyball, junior-varsity cheerleading, JV softball and JV baseball.
The club was able to save the programs in jeopardy last year in just a three-month effort. This year, the members feel a bit less pressure. With the silent auction and concert Sunday, they expect to reach the $30,000 mark. Last year, they were able to raise $7,000 with just the silent auction.
"Last year, we put it together in a shortened amount of time. We had to do it in three months, and in a month we put it all together," said Athletic Director Eileen Rovito. "We made a good amount just throwing it together. We decided to make it an annual event. We're feeling confident, with the time to plan, that it's going to be a successful event."
Club member Kathy Cromie said a concert with two bands - The Intermountain Trio and a Celtic band featuring Mayfield alumnus Ryan Rovito - was added to draw a wider variety of people, and any money over the needed $7,500 will go toward next year's efforts.
The charity concert and auction will take place in the high school auditorium from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission will cost $15 for adults and $12 for students.
"I think the Mayfield school board has been up front that the next two school years are not looking much better," she said. "I don't know what will happen next year. It depends on what the budget comes back as next school year."
Cromie said regardless of the budget, the booster club will continue to work, and she would hate to see athletic programs dropped from the school.
The club members are pleased with the response they have gotten from Mayfield residents, Cromie said.
"I am very grateful to our community, to our coaches," she said. "We have been very lucky that the people in the town and community have risen to help the student athletes. I think these programs are important to develop well-rounded individuals."