MONTCLAIR, NJ - Food, music and dancing filled the George Inness cafeteria at Montclair High School on Saturday as over a hundred people came out to support the Montclair High School men's varsity basketball team.
'Dads Who Cook', the brainchild of one of the parent volunteers was coined a success by the basketball team coaches. The coaching staff has credited booster club parent, Jan Murphy, with coming up with the idea for the fundraiser.
The inaugural event is now going to become an annual fundraiser that will help buy uniforms for the team, says men's varsity head coach Gary Wallace, Jr.
He stated, "We asked all of the dads of all of the players and people in the community to cook their best dish and bring it here to have a good time..."
Wallace, Jr. added that more than 30 men prepared a dish to serve at the event. "It's a great way to reach the community, for the parents to mingle and a great way to see the players have a good time."
Principal James Earle and many MHS staff members volunteered to support the event, including retired and beloved MHS security officer, Al Valentine.
Keith Hines, assistant coach, said, "We are looking forward to raising money for the program. By the turnout, this will hopefully be something that will continue for the future." Hines added that the funds raised will go toward paying for the basketball program uniforms, "...shooting machines or anything the players will be able to benefit from."
Although coaching staff boasts that the team is doing well this season, they said that they want to help shape their young men into successful adults. The team is 10-4 this season.
Wallace, who is a new head coach for the varsity program, says that he wants to help the team to grow both in basketball and in character. He added, "It's not just about basketball, it's about winning in life."