The Riverside-Brookfield High School Booster Club held its golf outing fundraiser at the Carriage Greens Country Club in Darien on June 21. The annual event, the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is designed to raise money in support of the RBHS athletic programs. More than 150 people with assorted affiliations to RBHS sports attended the outing.
“It’s not just coaches and parents attending [the golf outing],” said Chris Agne, the vice president of the booster club. “We have people from all walks of life, including our superintendent, Dr. Skinkis; members of the school board; our athletic director, Art Ostrow; administrators; parents; coaches; teachers; and alumni take part in the day. I think the interest in supporting RBHS athletics is obviously the bond that brings everybody together.”
Agne mentioned Ostrow as particularly instrumental in aiding the booster club’s success.
“Art has been our biggest advocate,” he said. “Our success is a direct result of his guidance and direction. He has done a phenomenal job of getting the entire coaching staff on board with assisting the booster club in fundraising efforts.”
After a long day on the golf course, everybody convened in the clubhouse to socialize while enjoying dinner and drinks. Raffle prizes and a silent auction, along with fees to play in the outing and donations, served as welcomed sources of revenue for the fundraiser.
“Sponsorship for the golf outing is way up,” Agne said. “We generated over $14,500 from this event [in 2012] and hope to exceed that total this year. Last year, we gave approximately $55,000 to the RBHS athletic department which is obviously a considerable amount of money. Our athletic department wants to give our student-athletes the best, and funds are needed to make that happen. Our goal is to grow the booster club so the athletic department doesn’t have to worry about attracting funds.”
Tim Olson, the boys varsity track head coach and freshman football head coach, praised the booster club for its work.
“My experience has been that the boosters support every athletic program at RBHS,” Olson said. “I don’t think they have ever said no to a coach if you present the booster club with a need that benefits the kids.”
Moments before the golfers hit the course, Agne offered a few heartfelt sentiments and a moment of silence to remember former RBHS Booster Club President Tony Garvey, who took his own life on June 11.
“The loss of Tony is immeasurable,” Agne said, “but it’s reassuring to see the Riverside-Brookfield community rally together in support of one another and the Garvey family in particular.”
Ostrow added: “The current successful state of the booster club is a testament about Tony’s commitment in supporting RBHS athletics.”