BUCKHANNON — On Saturday, June 1, the Buckhannon Youth Football league held its annual elimination dinner. Approximately 250 people attended the event at the Brushy Fork Event Center. Dinner was catered by C.J. Maggies for this year’s event.
According to league President Keith Wolverton, this was the twelfth year of fundraising. “We are so proud of our community, people give and give and give,” Wolverton said. Attendees purchased 50/50 raffle tickets, participated in a Chinese auction, sat at poker tables, bid on auction items, and held elimination tickets all in attempts to raise as much money as possible for the league.
“We have 130 kids in the league this year, 90 football players and 40 cheerleaders,” Coach Chad Thorpp said. “The money raised pays for equipment, jerseys, sleds, insurance, dummies, and referees.” “We have three teams,” Thorpp explained. “The 6-7 yr. olds are the Mighty Mights, the 8-10 yr. olds are the Pee Wees, and the 10-12 yr. olds are the Midgets.” At the end of the evening, Thorpp was very happy with the elimination dinner outcome. “It felt good to see familiar faces and put on a good fundraiser,” Thorpp said.
“The food was excellent and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a smaller crowd this year but individuals spent a lot of money so it went well,” Thorpp said.
According to Wolverton the elimination dinner made $10,000. “We did really well last year and this year both,” said Wolverton. “I have had so much help and support, especially from Jeff Shipman, Tabitha Shipman, Miranda Triplett, and Chad Thorpp,” said Wolverton. I feel strongly and believe in our logo for youth football that says, “Football is the greatest analogy of life,” Wolverton said. “We are looking forward to an exciting year this year,” Wolverton said. “We are hosting the championship this year on Nov 17 at the High School and hopefully we will be in it,” Wolverton said.
The Buckhannon Youth Football schedule will be out the second week of August, and Wolverton encourages everyone in the community to come out and watch the teams. It is so entertaining, and the kids just give it their all,” Wolverton said.