The Northwest Athletic Boosters held its 33rd annual Cash Bash fundraiser on Saturday, April 21 at Gene Davis and Sons’ Banquet Hall and raised approximately $20,000 to support Northwest athletics, according to NWAB President David Anspaugh.
“We should have a final profit number at our next meeting in May,” Anspaugh said.
Cash Bash is a draw-down style raffle with 300 tickets sold and ping-pong balls representing ticket numbers being drawn out one at a time until just one Grand Prize winner remains. This year’s $7,500 winners were Pat and Pam O’Brien (ticket #174). Second prize of $1,000 was won by the Northwest High School Secretaries and the $500 third prize went to the Wooden Spoon.
There were several other games and fundraising opportunities for NWAB throughout the night. A few new additions to the evening included a Plinko-style game, a wine bottle cork draw, and a high-low card game – all with contestants making donations for the opportunity to win prizes.
“I have been coming to this event for years,” Anspaugh said, “and when I took over as president, my goal was to make Cash Bash a place where people come out to financially support NW Athletics and not just for a social event. Although the social aspect is a great part of the night, raising money for athletics to improve the sports environment for our student-athletes is the number one goal of the event.”
Northwest athletic director Chris Galloway echoed Anspaugh’s thoughts. “The Northwest Athletic Boosters is a vital group to help supplement the Northwest athletic department,” commented Galloway. “They provide funding to our teams that goes beyond necessary budgeted equipment — usually these are big ticket items or projects are supported by NWAB that allow our programs to grow and expand.”
The work of NWAB goes beyond just projects for individual teams though, he added.
“The NWAB also helps to pay for coaching clinics thus educating our coaches. They provide the athletic department with workers on event nights in the concessions area. The positive relationship between the Northwest Athletics and NWAB is vital for continued success with our teams and programs,” Galloway said.
Anspaugh wanted to highlight his entire team for their efforts in the success of the evening.
“Cash Bash would not have been possible at all if it weren’t for the rest of my board — Larry Owens, Misty Vos, Tina Haselius, Heidi Schefferly and Tara Robinson,” Anspaugh said. “Also a special thanks to Roger Sackrider, and of course I cannot thank Sheyanne Race enough for her countless hours and efforts running all over Jackson County the past month or so to make this thing happen.”
Anspaugh concluded by saying they welcome feedback on the event and to feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts.
“The Northwest community is stronger than ever,” Anspaugh said. “I am very glad to be a part of it.”