With the help of local firefighters, Central Union High School's Spartan Athletic Club was able to donate $507 collected at last week's home football game to the New York 9-11 Relief Fund.
The club decided to donate money to the relief effort by giving half of that night's 50/50 raffle proceeds.
During a 50/50 raffle fund raiser, a tradition at many high school sporting events, attendees buy raffle tickets for $1 each. Half of the total money collected goes to a winner picked from among the raffle tickets. The other half usually goes to the hosting organization.
To help sell tickets that night, El Centro firefighters agreed to canvass the crowd, said Liz Cesena, SAC vice president.
Their presence and the understanding that proceeds would go to help victims of the terrorist attacks enabled the SAC to collect an unprecedented amount of money.
Whereas the 50/50 raffle typically generates at most only a couple hundred dollars at Central football games, Friday night's total reached $1,014, said Jon Driffill, SAC president.