Booster Club hits halfway mark for concession stand

Booster Club hits halfway mark for concession stand

Members of the Scituate Athletic Booster Club proudly display the first brick patio that will fund half of the planned concession stand and scorekeeper box. The Boosters kicked off a second round of the brick fundraiser to reach their goal. From left, are Joe Fians, Danielle Fians, Brenden Machowski, Rachel Rubiano, Larry Sprague, Lauren Lonsdale, Kevin Barnes, and Brian Piccolo. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – The Scituate Booster Club is nearly halfway to its goal to purchase a new concession stand at the newly constructed Caito Field after raising more than $35,000 in its brick fundraiser.

After spending $2.8 million to complete a state-of-the-art athletic complex, the Scituate School Department did not complete the project with a concession stand or field lighting.

The members of the Scituate Booster Club collaborated with Class of 2020 senior Brenden Machowski for his senior project to create a brick fundraiser. More than 200 bricks were sold and installed to the left of the bleachers near the proposed concession stand.

East Coast Masonry in Johnston volunteered time and equipment to install the patio last weekend. Each brick represents a local business, organization or resident who supports Scituate athletics, with a name engraved in the bricks.

“This is the most amount raised by a school fundraiser to date,” Machowski said of the fundraiser, which began in March.

Machowski worked with Polar Engraving to create clip art or text for the concrete bricks, and worked with Booster Club President Kevin Barnes on the overall effort.

Barnes said he is excited the brick fundraiser went so well after cancelling other fundraisers such as the mattress drive due to the coronavirus.

“It was a good money-maker,” he said.

Barnes said $35,000 is about halfway to the goal to build a concession stand for snacks and drinks. The stand will have a second floor for a scorekeeper. The figure does not include restrooms or lights. Barnes said the Booster Club will hopefully raise enough money for lighting as well.

Booster Club member Danielle Fians said the group hopes another round of the brick fundraiser will get them in the end zone by the holidays.

“We’ve been raising money for years in hopes of building a concession stand for Caito,” she said.

Fians said the group will put in as many brick patios as it takes to get the concession stand to Caito. She added that the group also gives out scholarships to athletes and holds an end-of-the-year “Sparty” for Scituate High School athletes.

“We do this for the kids. We love our kids and we love our athletes,” said Brian Piccolo, Booster Club member.

Bricks can include text or artwork and come in three sizes, four by eight inches for $125, eight by eight inches for $225, or 12 by 12 inches for $500.

To purchase a brick, visit polarengraving.com/scituatebooster or contact scituateboosterclub@gmail.com for more information.