HARWICH ─ Monomoy High has more than a dozen competitive sports throughout the school year, and though there are no fees for students who want to play, there are costs. To help defray those costs, the school's relatively new Monomoy Unified Booster Club is holding its first-ever mattress sale fundraiser in May.
On May 7, those in the market for a new mattress, including area inns, are invited to visit the gym at MRHS to peruse the offerings. Roughly 24 different sets and styles will be available, with costs starting at $249. Booster Club member Julie Santoni said the goal is simple: raise funds to benefit each of Monomoy's teams.
“We want to raise money for things that the budget can't always provide,” Santoni said.
That includes important training for coaches, team transportation to away and tournament games, the purchase of awards, and eventually, scholarships to benefit athletes after graduation. Extra funds are also used to provide student athletes with commemorative T-shirts emblazoned with the school's Sharks logo, such as those given to fall and winter athletes this year.
The Unified Booster Club got started in the spring of 2016 as a way of tying each of the individual team booster clubs together and to help promote a sense of unity among all Monomoy sports. While team clubs are still able to raise funds on their own, Santoni noted that there are limits on such fundraising, which is what makes the Unified Boosters a bonus.
Events such as the mattress sale also help take the pressure off of local businesses.
“We're a small town area, so we don't want to keep hitting up all of the businesses again and again,” said Santoni.
The sale also makes it possible for families connected to various teams to get involved. Santoni said it's a unique alternative to seeking donations at games since crowds at various events often differ in size. The mattress sale, she said, sort of levels the proverbial playing field.
“We also hope this encourages more people to go to more games and build our programs,” Santoni said.
The sale is set to start at 10 a.m. and run until 5 p.m., and cash, checks, and credit cards are acceptable. Student athletes also have coupons available that allow those interested in purchasing sets to receive $50 off.
Santoni said the mattress sale is so far the biggest fundraising event the club has held , but won't be the last.
“What we're trying to do is come up with three or four major fundraisers throughout the year,” she said. “This is our spring fundraiser, which helps start building the account beyond what we've raised up to now.”