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Committee raising money for bleachers has nearly $10,000

The new artificial turf field has been painted with numbers and lines in preparation for its upcoming opening.

The new artificial turf field at the new multi-purpose sports complex at Canton High.

CANTON — A committee formed to raise $50,000 to construct bleachers for the new high school multi-purpose sports complex has gathered $9,400 in donations, according to Kristina DiMartino, an organizer with the fundraising committee.

The fundraising committee is trying to raise $50,000 in 50 days to purchase and install bleachers for the multi-purpose sports complex that was completed at the high school during the fall. South Windsor-based Folsom Construction, the firm that built the facility, will be donating funds to install a scoreboard and $10,000 toward the cost of installing the bleachers.
Donations are tax deductible and can be made payable to Canton Board of Education. They should be mailed to Canton High School, 76 Simonds Avenue, Canton, CT 06019 ATTN: Track & Field Fundraising Project. Any questions can be directed to Kristina DiMartino, dimartinokristina@gmail.com.
“Your assistance is needed to give back to the fans by giving them a place to sit and cheer on these great kids,” DiMartino said in a fundraising email.
The sports complex was constructed as part of a $3.6 million project to rebuild the high school parking lot, install a multi-purpose football field and install an eight-lane track and field facility. Bleachers and the scoreboard were removed from the plans to save money on the cost of the project.
Canton’s football team played in the first game at the sports complex, hosting Lewis Mills on November 15. In the future, track and field meets, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey games will be played at the facility.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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