AVON, October 1, 2015 — As part of its Ribbons of Hope fundraiser to raise money for new equipment, the Avon High crew team raised $5,265 for five charities that impact family, friends and neighbors in the community – American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, American Legion, Gifts of Love and the American Heart Association.
The team is trying to replace its oldest eight-person shell with a boat that is made of modern, lightweight materials to continue providing the Falcons athletes with competitive equipment. A new racing shell can cost more than $40,000. The team pays for its equipment through fundraising and the generosity of donors.
Much of the equipment that Avon currently uses is used equipment from other programs. The shell that Avon is attempting to replace is 22 years old.
Twenty percent of donations through the Ribbons of Hope program are donated to the five charities. In addition, the new boat will feature recognition for individuals and companies through either permanently installed “ribbons” or names on the oars, which can be used to honor a loved one or recognize a contribution.
The boat was christened at the recent Avon Day at Thompson Brook School.
There are currently nearly 100 students in the crew program, one of 13 teams among public schools in Connecticut. Athletes on Avon’s boys novice eight won a state championship in 2014 while the girls novice eight was third in the state and second in New England a year ago. The girls varsity four was second in the state.
Several former Avon High crew athletes have rowed in college at the Division I, II and III level.
Fundraising is continuing. If you want to donate to the Ribbons of Hope initiative, please contact Tom Saxe by email or by phone at 860-673-5820.