Pizza fundraiser plans to knock it out of the park

by Killeen McDonald, Staff Writer

Photo Credit: Barbara Kopyta
Freshman baseball coach, Dan Polles, sitting with members of the team at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.

On Tuesday, May 19 the high school baseball team will be hosting their final fundraiser, concluding their series of fundraisers at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Fair Lawn.

To participate in the fundraiser and contribute to the team’s donations, one can either dine at the restaurant or pick up food.

The donations go to a variety of outlets such as practice balls, jerseys for the “Coaches vs. Cancer” event, and to pay for the team’s assistant coaches.

This new interactive way to raise funds involves players, families, school members or people who just want to support. “We have had beefsteaks and raffles in the past, but we wanted something that the players could get involved in too,” said Michelle Waller, head of the fundraiser and mother to two of the team’s players.

The fundraiser has been receiving positive feedback from attendees. From students to teachers, there has been a lot of support. “I had a great time especially because so many of my other friends were there supporting the team too,” says Juliana Roddy (‘16) who attended the event with friends and members of the baseball team.

Not only did students have a good time dining with friends, but teachers and parents did too. High school chemistry teacher and former baseball parent, Monica Weisberg said, “I thought it was a lot of fun.  I ran into a lot of old friends, got to see the coaches and their families and many students were there as well.”

In addition to the flow of support, those who attended enjoyed it so much that they are eager to return. “I would definitely attend again; the food was great, a lot of my friends attended, and it’s for a good cause,” said Roddy.

Waller is still waiting to find out the acquired funds from the past nights. “We won’t know how successful the event will be until all three dates are behind us and Anthony’ s submits all receipts to their corporate office to cut us a check,” said Waller.

Although the money accumulated can not yet be determined, according to those who attended the fundraiser was by far a success.