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Chatham Athletic Boosters Donate Nearly $100,000 for Scoreboard, Snack Shack Upgrade at Cougar Field

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Tracy Ness, center, and members of the Chatham Athletic Boosters Club present check to Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa and BOE President Jill Critchley Weber on Monday night Credits: TAP Chatham
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April Wingate holds up check for $99,600 as Tracy Ness announces the donation from the Chatham Athletic Boosters Club for a new scoreboard at Cougar Field Credits: TAP Chatham
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CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Athletic Boosters donated close to $100,000 to fund a new scoreboard and to enhance the renovation of the Booster Snack Shack on Monday at the Chatham Board of Education meeting. The money comes from the donations that were initially raised in an effort to light Cougar Field.

“Its been almost 10 years since the fundraising for the lights happened and board officers past and present made the decision to re-purpose these donations to help with the Cougar Field Referendum Project,” Tracy Ness, President of the Boosters, said. “There are many people to thank including past booster club presidents Joe Diaz-Saavedra, Jen CosgrovePaul Anello and Rob Barnett.

We particularly wanted to thank Jeff Dunne and Joel Boroff who spearheaded the majority of the original fund raising efforts 10 years ago. ”

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Out of the funds, approximately $25,000 will go to purchase a new Cougar scoreboard that was not included in the recently approved referendum. The remaining funds will supplement the referendum dollars earmarked for the new snack shack.

“We will be able to enlarge the footprint, provide some much needed new equipment, more storage and enhance the overall appearance,” Ness said. “Funds will also be used for a new ticket shed located at the front gate that has seen better days.”

Included in the $100,000, is the $25,000 from the Chatham Athletic Foundation who also agreed to re-purpose their original donation to help with the projects. Several years ago the Boosters donated $25,000 towards the Shunpike Field project and the CAF has reciprocated in kind as the recreation programs use Cougar Field, the shack and the scoreboard.

“It great to work with the CAF and it helps both students and parents as they transition for rec sports to high school sports. Everyone benefits,” Ness said.

The Boosters fundraise solely for high school athletics, providing more than $55,000 a year in coaching stipends for 15 different sports, startup money for new sports such as paddle tennis, girls ice hockey and sailing, sports equipment and three scholarships. The donations total between $80,000 to $90,000 each year.

“It’s a big effort that only happens with the help of our Boosters liaisons, many volunteers selling VIP passes, spiritwear and working in the snack shack,” said April Wingate, who will be the next Booster President. “People’s generous donations allow us to fund assistant coaches and bring in new sports which increases participation for a whole range of student athletes.”

Tracy Ness of the Chatham Athletic Boosters Club announces donation of $99,600 at Chatham BOE meeting

To learn more about the Boosters and how to support CHS student Athletes, visit their website at www.chs-abc.com or on Facebook at Chatham Athletic Boosters.

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