By Jim Tomerlin
CLEVELAND – As the Lake Erie Monsters fell to the Chicago Wolves 1-0 at the Quicken Loans Arena on March 17, Lorain County Community College Athletics came out on top. LCCC Athletics earned more than $800 with a fundraiser to raise money for its sports programs by selling tickets to the Monster’s game. A portion of each ticket sale was donated to LCCC Athletics.
Athletic Director Lisa Augustine and Assistant Athletic Director Tom Szabo spearheaded the charge by selling tickets to the game for the past several weeks. This was the first time the athletic program attempted a venture to bolster additional funds for the individual programs that participated in the fundraiser.
“For the first time [doing this fundraiser], we did pretty good,” said Szabo, “the money we collected over the past few weeks and tonight will be distributed to the teams for what ever purposes they deem necessary.”
In addition to the ticket sales, members of the athletic program and the Lake Erie Monsters conducted a fun activity known as “Chuck-a-Puck”. Fans would throw foam pucks embossed and sponsored by the Ohio Lottery. The winner would take home or have a share in the grand prize of $500; the four closest received free tickets to a future Monsters game.
“Tonight was great, we have been busy,” said Tony Naples, head coach of the women’s basketball and acting coach of the men’s golf teams, “this is really going to help us out.”
The students, faculty and families enjoyed themselves at the game, while appreciating the purpose for this fundraiser.
“I’m all for it,” said Jacob Pope, men’s basketball player, who was in attendance, “You can see how hard the staff is working and the interest they are showing in their programs and in upgrading the facilities.”
Although the fundraiser for the athletic program was a good success, there won’t be one planned for the rest of the semester.
“With baseball season started and the rest of the spring sports getting ready to start soon,” said Szabo, “we are looking to go more full scale with future fundraisers next fall.”
On top of the money earned with these events, the athletic program is looking toward being an impact and making the Commodores a known name in the area.
“We want to do more with The Collegian and other local papers and business,” said Szabo, “we want to promote our sports programs and show them what the Commodores are about.”