SOMERS, N.Y. The mission of the Somers Tuskers Booster Club is simple: creating "a cohesive and balanced athletic experience for the student athlete by working together collectively and collaboratively as an athletic family to encourage the personal best of all athletes."
Most of the work of the nearly 100-member group involves fundraising and helping to make improvements for athletes who can't be covered by the district's annual budget. For example, last year the booster club was instrumental in the construction of new dugouts on the baseball field that cost about $25,000.
The booster club has also purchased an outfield fence for the softball program and a golf cart for the athletic trainer. Meanwhile, each year the club gives five $1,000 scholarships to graduating senior athletes and three $250 scholarships.
"It's a group of parents not only interested in their student's academics but also their athletic experience," said Joe Tomasulo, an active member of the booster club whose oldest son graduated from Somers High School last year and his youngest son is now a senior.
Tomasulo said the booster club is trying to expand its membership by reaching out to middle school parents and local recreational clubs. Ideally, having one club for all high school sports in the district is favored and has received support from Raymond Blanch, superintendent of schools, and Roman Catalino, athletic director.
"We're trying to have all the sports come under one roof. This was conveyed to us by the athletes," Tomasulo said. "It's very difficult but it is going in the right direction."
The next fundraiser for the Tuskers Booster Club is a Comedy Night Friday, Jan. 17 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Sinapi's Ceola Manor. Tickets are $75 per person and include a buffet dinner, dessert, beer, wine or soda. Checks can be mailed to Somers Booster Club, P.O. Box 202, Somers, N.Y. 10589.
Last year's first time Comedy Night raised approximately $3,500. Another fundraiser in the works is selling personalized bricks for a pathway at the high school.
"We do have members who don't have students in the school anymore," Tomasulo said. "The club is moving in the right direction. We're trying to get it to be a community club."
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