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Ball drop helps club raise money

By Carolina Astrain
Sept. 26, 2013 at 4:26 a.m.

Suzanne Brandl picks out a hat for a customer on Sept. 13 at the El Campo booster club trailer on Sept. 13 at Ricebird Stadium. The club sells a variety of items to support the Ricebirds including t-shirts, hats, chairs and bells.

CLUB INFO

NAME: The Ricebirds Booster Club

OFFICERS: Chris Salyer, president; Pat Krpec, vice president; Mike Johnson, treasurer; Suzanne Brandl, secretary

ACTIVITIES: An annual golf tournament, concession stand sales, scholarship award banquet

MISSION: "We're here to support athletics in any way we can."

Although the Ricebirds Booster Club supports all athletics, special attention is given to the El Campo High School football team.

Before the start of each game, booster club members gather with the coach to go over the last game.

"We only do that during football season," said Mike Johnson, 49, booster club treasurer. "We meet once a month for the other sports."

Through its annual golf tournament, concession sales and membership fees, the booster club raises an average of $45,000 a year to put toward the high school's athletic department.

The club does a golf ball drop where the balls are dropped from a helicopter, and the winner is the person whose ball drops into the hole.

"It's a really big event that we hold at the El Campo Country Club," Johnson said.

Johnson, a former Ricebirds basketball player, no longer has children attending the high school but his loyalty to local sports remains true.

"It's just a chance to help out the student athletics in town," Johnson said.

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