PIQUA — Supporters packed into Edison State Community College’s Robinson Theater on March 17 for the seventh annual Charger 300 fundraiser to support the baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams. A crowd of nearly 300 people was in attendance for the reverse raffle, which awarded one lucky ticket holder the $10,000 grand prize.
The event helped to bring in approximately $7,500 for the athletics program through the sale of tickets and a silent auction. More than $12,000 in prize money was awarded to winning ticket holders, including the grand prizewinner, Markus Neff, a first baseman for the Edison State baseball team.
“We had a tremendous outpouring of support for this year’s Charger 300 event,” said Nate Cole, athletic director. “The money we raise through this event helps to offset many of the costs that our athletic teams incur throughout the year and provides a lot of opportunities to our athletes that they wouldn’t normally have, such as participating in post-season tournaments.”
A silent auction was part of the evening’s activities, with items ranging from box seats at Dayton Dragons games and Cincinnati Bengals tickets to a painting from Edison State graduate and adjunct professor, April Schmidlap. Nearly 20 additional items were available in the silent auction that had been donated by area businesses and community members, which helped to bring in another $700 to the total collected.
Edison State Enrollment Managers, Stacey Bean and Christina Raterman served as the evening’s emcees, calling out tickets and joking with attendees throughout the night as the remaining tickets dwindled down to the final few.
“We really have a lot of people to thank both in the community and right here at Edison,” said Cole. “We’ve got something really great to continue building on.”
Edison State’s teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II. Edison’s athletic programs provide a unique opportunity for athletes who may have found difficulty participating at larger schools due to financial reasons and family commitments.