A tailgate fundraiser has been added to the scrimmage at Mason County Excessive Faculty being held Friday, Aug. 11, 5-7 p.m. with all proceeds being donated to the Claypoole household.
Final week Mason County was rocked by the demise of 17-year-old Coltin Claypoole, a Mason County Excessive Faculty pupil and member of the soccer workforce.
A day after the tragedy a number of members of the neighborhood began coming collectively in assist of the Claypoole household throughout this troublesome time and have organized this fundraising occasion.
Nichole Routt has a son the identical age as Coltin who has been half of a big group of pals with Coltin for years.
“The junior class is a large class and people youngsters have performed collectively since third or fourth grade or perhaps even earlier than. There’s a enormous group of them although they generally go off collectively in smaller teams, however they’ve all the time been so shut and when the smaller teams meet up they simply all the time kind into that one enormous group and so they have all the time been so shut and particular like that,” she stated.
Routt is now organizing what has turn into a multi-pronged neighborhood effort to boost cash for the household.
Initially the scrimmage was to happen final Friday however as a result of sudden tragedy was postponed out of respect for the Claypoole household and Coltin’s workforce members.
Now the occasion is again on and the place Routt stated they usually plan on 250 attending she expects 600 individuals or extra will are available assist of the Claypoole household.
“We can have the tailgate with meals, there might be a corn-hole event which Colby Adams and Jake McDowell are doing after which the cheerleaders are alleged to be doing face-painting and I consider there might be a dunking tank,” Routt stated.
To affix the corn-hole event the entry charge is $20, face-painting might be $1 and every toss on the dunk tank might be $1 Routt stated.
“Then the center college has put collectively a present card basket that they’re going to raffle. We’ve bracelets and pins that we’re planning to promote,” she stated.
Terri Smith Garrelts is donating the bracelets which can even be given to workforce members and coaches; the bracelets say ‘Ceaselessly Our Brother #82’ and might be bought for $5 every on the scrimmage Routt stated.
Pins designed by Little Crimson Barn depicting Coltin in his soccer uniform with ‘In Reminiscence of Coltin Claypoole’ can even be bought for $5 every she stated.
All cash produced from the occasion and the sale of these things will go to the Claypoole household Routt stated.
“I’m not positive what the value is for the raffle however they do plan to attract for that through the scrimmage. We even have some issues we’re going to maintain till the primary house soccer sport simply because it’s so overwhelming this week. Meals for the tailgate is your selection of meats, chips, drink and dessert for $5 or a donation,” she stated.
Routt stated there might be a donation field arrange the place fee for meals is positioned.
Throughout a really troublesome time, Routt stated the neighborhood got here collectively to the purpose she was on the telephone all day this previous Friday with individuals calling, messaging and texting eager to assist in any method attainable and extra individuals attain out on daily basis.
“Sure I’m organizing the tailgate however the neighborhood is making it occur, individuals we don’t even know from different counties have reached out to us which have heard about it and it has simply been tremendous overwhelming and doubtless probably the most humbling experiences. So it’s only a complete neighborhood effort and past. I feel serving to is the best way some individuals grieve, I do know that’s how it’s for me,” she stated.
Routt stated she has had people, companies, church teams and the opposing workforce for the scrimmage on Friday attain out to supply assist and donations.
“We (mother and father) are usually not alleged to must take care of one thing like this. That is simply such a horrific expertise for everyone, Coltin’s household, pals, the soccer workforce and the neighborhood to must undergo. This sort of factor isn’t alleged to occur, seeing all these youngsters damage and feeling it—as a momma, it breaks your coronary heart,” she stated “All of us simply need to assist and assist Coltin’s household as a lot as we are able to.”