"BOO"sterpalooza Raises More Than $10,000
The Grayling Youth Booster Club hosted its Third Annual BoosterPalooza on Friday, Oct. 30th at the Camp Grayling Armory. With a different theme each year, this event was the perfect opportunity for a Halloween party. Approximately 200 people were in attendance and many of them were excited to participate in the costume contest. For the third consecutive year, the community showed overwhelming support for our local youth by again raising over $10,000.
“We were so thrilled with the turnout by the community. Their support is the only reason that GYBC has been able to continue doing great things for our kids for over 40 years,” said Athena Helinski, GYBC vice-president.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Booster of the Year, given to Rich Calkins. Rich is a lifelong resident of Grayling and, over the years, has been a prominent figure in supporting high school sports, Little League and soccer. His current activities include doing color commentary on WQON for the Grayling Vikings as well as a sports talk show on Saturday mornings. His daughters, Gabby and Grace, returned to Grayling and surprised their dad as he was being honored. He has been married to his wife, Julie, for 27 years.
Other activities included a silent auction and a drawing for 5 raffle prizes including a paddleboard, 55” flat screen TV, pair of Sun Cruz bikes, crossbow and a muzzleloader. GES music teacher, Jim Brown, kept the witches and zombies dancing late into the night. Lynn Hunter prepared and served a great dinner for everyone including a nacho bar and pulled pork sliders.
Many people commented that this was their first year to attend BoosterPalooza and stated that they would definitely be back next year! Watch for next year’s date, tentatively slated for September.