A recent fundraiser featuring former football greats has helped middle school sports to edge closer to a goal of raising $190,000 to keep next year’s programs alive.
The fundraiser luncheon and VIP photo reception were hosted by Keesal, Young and Logan at their offices in Long Beach’s Union Bank Building, where former pro football players Sam Cunningham, Damon Dunn and four-time Superbowl champ Ronnie Lott were joined by former college and pro football coach Ty Willingham.
LBUSD began seeking private support for middle school sports last year due to the state’s ongoing budget crisis. With the help of such donations, the program was saved for this year, and fundraising quickly began for next year.
The recent event raised $25,000 plus another $35,000 in pledges, including pledges of $12,500 each from Toyota and its TABC manufacturing plant, along with a $10,000 pledge from Molina Healthcare. With the pledges, the total raised for next year’s program is more than $178,000, close to the $190,000 goal.
As part of the fundraiser, Lott allowed luncheon guests to try on his four Superbowl rings for a price, raising over $1,000.
Learn more and donate at Save Middle School Sports.