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August 26, 2010 by wcobserver

Spirit Night Fires-Up Fans

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West Fork-Football season won’t officially kick-off until next Friday night, but football fans can start getting pumped up on Monday with a celebratory “Tigers under the Lights” spirit night and a West Fork Quarterback Club cookout fundraiser.

Festivities will begin with the Quarterback Club dinner fundraiser on Aug. 30 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  For $5, Tiger fans get their choice of hamburger or hotdog, fries, drink and dessert.  Vicky Mesplay, a member of the Quarterback Club, said the fundraiser is a community effort.  She said members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will serve as cooks for the evening, and parents will be making desserts as well as staffing the event.  She said much of the food for the evening was donated by McDonalds.

At 8 p.m.  “Tigers under the Lights” will rally Tiger fans in the football stadium.  Omar Taweel, West Fork’s band director, will emcee the event, which has evolved over the years.  Taweel said that traditionally the team and fans celebrated with a bonfire and pep rally, but the bonfire part of the evening was always iffy in August due to burn bans.  Over the years the event has evolved into a lively night in which Taweel leads the charge to teach fans and parents the musical cheers with the help of the band and cheerleaders.

And of course there will be lots of Tigers including the varsity, junior high and youth football teams; fans will also have the opportunity to cheer on the Tiger Volleyball team as well.

The West Fork Quarterback Club will also have t-shirts available for sale that feature this year’s new design; t-shirts will cost $15.

Proceeds from the cookout fundraiser and t-shirt sales will be used to support the Quarterback Club’s charge to feed the junior high and varsity football players, cheerleaders, managers and coaches before every football game this season, according to Mesplay.  The West Fork Quarterback Club is a not-for -profit organization and, in addition to meals, also funds special purchases outside of the team’s budget as needed.

Anyone interested in joining the West Fork Quarterback Club can do so by calling Eric Lichty, Vicki Franklin or Chris Coker or emailing webmaster@westforkqbclub.com.  Mesplay said the team has a lot of seniors this year and will lose a lot of its membership when they graduate.  She encourages junior high and freshmen and sophomore parents to join; she said there are no dues to join.

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