WAYLAND—The Wayland-Cohocton Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams set out to raise a little money for their teams, what they got was a community who showed their support 100 times over.
“It’s unbelievable the amount of support this community has for these boys,” said Shannon Becker, a member of the Booster Club who helped organize the event. “They really went above and beyond.”
What started out as a routine steak dinner turned into donations pouring in from friends and local businesses. The steaks were purchased at an at cost price, Seneca Foods donated all the corn, the club received $60 from Wegman’s in Hornell for salad and condiments. All the rolls and potatoes were donated as well. One athlete’s aunt baked and wrapped all the desserts in her two bedroom apartment.
All the donations went to serve 215 dinners, the highest recorded number by any Way-Co sports team according to Becker. And while they did have a few extra, the teams were careful not to waste any. The 25 dinners that were left over were split between a needy family of six and the Vincent House.
“These boys did a great job, everyone helped out,” said Becker.
Aside from the donations, Becker was amazed at the amount of community members who purchased tickets fully knowing they wouldn’t be able to make it.
“The response from the community really speaks volumes about the boys,” Becker said. “And the community itself.”
The Inner Tubes, a local band who has been on a hiatus recently, offered to play at the dinner at a discounted price and even sold some tickets to their friends.
Becker also knows this was a testament to Coach Pat Fahrer, who took over as head coach two years ago. Fahrer lives in Brighton and travels everyday to the school for practices and games. Both the teams and the community are grateful for his commitment.
“We just want to thank everyone, the parents that helped out, the boys for all they did, Coach Fahrer and the community for being so supportive,” Becker said.