STAT puts money in Goal Club |

STAT puts money in Goal Club

Jared Green

Donations to Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams will finally be deposited next week, but the destination has changed once again.

After several delays from Lake Tahoe Education Foundation in providing tax information, the STAT board has chosen to put its money into the accounts of the Goal Club, a South Tahoe High booster club. After two false starts with LTEF and one with the Dugout Club – the STHS baseball booster club – it appears the approximately $56,000 STAT has raised will finally have a home.

“It just came down to being a better fit with the Goal Club,” STAT president Mark Garratt said. “We explored it initially, and we came back to them. Things will go smoothly with them and it was time to make a decision.”

As part of the arrangement, Goal Club treasurer CeCe Bachelder has taken over the same position with STAT, replacing Maria Hash.

Garratt said all previous donations have been changed to reflect the Goal Club umbrella and all future checks should be made out to Goal Club/STAT.

With a bank account and tax-donation status finalized, business committee head Peter Grant is going ahead with the “Star Donor” recognition program to solicit large donations from local business owners. The program will offer rewards such as free tickets to games, banners and signs at games and advertisements in sports programs for different levels of donations.

“We have to get this thing going,” Grant said. “It’s been hatching for way too long waiting for our tax stuff.”

Lake Tahoe Unified School District school board member Sue Novasel injected a sobering note to Thursday’s STAT meeting, noting that while the board was flexible on STAT’s first deadline of July 16, the Oct. 15 deadline for winter sports money will be firm. STAT must have at least 80 percent of the $36,801 needed to fund the winter teams by that date.

“We made these deadlines for a reason. If they aren’t met, we may have to start cutting programs,” Novasel said. “That said, I have full confidence that the deadlines will be met and the money will be raised.”

Thursday’s STAT meeting was focused on the Aug. 7 radio auction on KOWL. South Tahoe High cheerleaders spent time this week following up on phone calls soliciting donations from local businesses. Pledges have surpassed 65 items – including a U.S. Ski Team suit from Jonna Mendes – through Thursday with a final goal of 200 items for auction.

“The Radio-thon is our number-one priority for the next two weeks,” Garratt said. “We’re going 100 percent full-speed ahead.”

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