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Letter to the editor

Thanks for Rush for Food help

August 31, 2011 - Dear Editor,

The Clarkston High School Football Rush for Food committee would like to thank all who helped make our 14th annual community service project a huge success.

On Friday, Aug. 19 , 180 members of the Varsity, JV, and Freshman teams came together to collect non-perishable food items to help stock the pantry at Lighthouse Emergency Services in Clarkston.

The high school teams were assisted in their efforts by the Clarkston Chiefs Youth Football Association who held a drive for personal hygiene items and paper goods.

The annual Rush for Food was started 14 years ago as a way to have the Clarkston players give back to the community that lends such great support to the teams during their season.

It is a wonderful experience for our young men to participate in, and it is great to see the players give up their Friday evenings after practicing all day in the heat, to canvas Clarkston neighborhoods asking for donations for those in need.

The teams collected and sorted 4,973 pounds of food and paper/personal products. This is a new record for the event beating last year's record of 4,600 pounds.

I think the boys worked harder than ever this year because of the economic crisis our state is in. Most of the boys know of someone that has been touched by hard times this year, and their desire to help was greater than ever.

Special thanks go to the WrightActionPix and Sports Creations for funding the pre-event dinner for the players. Our thanks also go to the Clarkston Athletic Boosters, Clarkston Chiefs and Springfield Township and Sashabaw Road Kroger's for donating supplies.

The committee would also like to thank the CHS football coaches for their support, LuAnn Stohrer CHS Athletic Secretary for her assistance, the CHS custodial staff, the football players who gave their time to assist those in need, and MOST OF ALL the homeowners who generously donated to make this event such a success.

Thank you to Jennifer Baenziger, Penny Canada, Kim Chadwell, Jill Goss, Suzanne Gozdor, Sandy Savoie (chair), and Kim Scarlett for their time and commitment in organizing another successful year.

Rush for Food once again proved what a wonderful community Clarkston is to live in!

Thank you,

Ellen Wright, Publicity

CHS Football "Rush for Food"

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