PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg High School students and volunteers gave their time Saturday for a pair of fundraisers in support of the Stadium Field repair project.
Students, student-athletes and volunteers spent several hours Saturday going from door to door in Vienna and North Parkersburg, seeking donations for the project.
Other students and volunteers held a car wash fundraiser at the McCrady-Jones Insurance office in the Big Sandy Superstore lot between Murdoch and Garfield avenues from late Saturday morning until the early afternoon. McCrady-Jones Insurance and Gary Jones Insurance co-sponsored the car wash on Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Wayne Towner
Incoming Parkersburg High School freshmen Erica Nichols, left, of Walker, and Isabella Dillon, of Parkersburg, wash cars Saturday along Murdoch Avenue as part of a Stadium Field fundraising project. Other PHS students went door-to-door Saturday in Vienna and North Parkersburg to solicit donations for the project.
While no figures were available Saturday, Lori Lowers, athletic director at PHS, said both events went well. Volunteers were also selling hand-made bracelets and T-shirts with a "I Helped Save the Stadium" message, in addition to asking for donations for the stadium fund.
"We have football players, boys and girls soccer players, cheerleaders and Red Wings all working on the canvass," she said Saturday afternoon, estimating about 100 students participated in the fundraising effort.
Lowers said she spent much of her time at the car wash and saw a lot of vehicles coming through, including some just stopping to drop off donations. She also heard good things from those involved in the canvass.
"It's been a lot of fun," she said.
Aaron Roberts and Thomas Martin, both incoming seniors on the PHS football team, were among the students going door to door on Saturday. They spent several hours Saturday in the Greenmont area of Vienna and said it had been a positive day.
"Pretty much everyone gave us money, we've only been turned down two or three times," Roberts said.
"It seems like there's a lot of support in the community for the project and the team," Martin said.
The PHS Stadium Committee is continuing its efforts to raise money for the rehabilitation of the 93-year-old facility.
The first phase of the project, the removal of the bleachers and concrete has been completed. Work is now underway on the second phase, which involves the pouring of the concrete molding for the new bleacher. A third phase will follow which involves re-installing the bleachers and other materials.
While work is progress, funding has become critical due to the fact work cannot start without funds in hand. The total cost of the project will be nearly $3 million with all but $700,000 to be raised privately.
Sponsors are being sought with three levels of donations - Bronze, $500; Silver, $1,000; Gold, $2,000; and Platinum, $2,500 and above. Sponsors will have three years to honor their pledges. Sponsors meeting any of the pledge levels will be listed on a plaque to be displayed prominently in the stadium.
Donations may be sent to Parkersburg High School in care of Charlotte Potter, Stadium Field Committee, 2101 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Donations can be made online at PHSBigRedsFootball.com through PayPal.