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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Boosters raise 20K for athletics program


November 2, 2017 | View PDF

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log photo/tommy wells Seward High School principal Trevan Walker presents the winning ticket for the booster club's cruise drawing to Dr. Mike Moriarty during a break in the action at the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament. Moriarty's sister, Joan Moriarty, won the prize.

Maya Moriarty and the Seward Athletic Booster Club may never climb on the bus for a long ride with the Seward High School athletes, but make no mistake about it, the buses wouldn't be moving without them.

Moriarty and the rest of the boosters capped a four-month fundraising effort on Saturday afternoon with a drawing for a 7-day cruise at the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament. The fundraiser, which encompassed selling more than than 2,000 tickets for a cruise donated by Carnival Cruise lines, was a resounding success.

"The sum total of the booster club's raffle is north of $20,000," said Seward High School Principal Trevan Walker after being presented the winning ticket drawn by SHS Athletic Director Al Plan. "Wow! Our thanks to Maya and all of the boosters for the hard work they put into this. This will help our athletics department very much. Every penny that was raised in this will benefit Seward High athletics."

The boosters decided to step in and help the athletics department earlier this summer when school officials announced the athletics department was facing a financial shortfall that could have forced teams to cut back on travel plans. Boosters began selling tickets for a 7-day Caribbean/Mexico cruise package valued at more than $3,000 prior to the Mount Marathon activities in July.

Maya Moriarty won't have to look far to find the winner of the cruise raffle. Her sister-in-law, Judge Joan Moriarty, was announced as the winning ticket holder. Joan Moriarty, the sister of Seward dentist Mike Moriarty, is a judge in St. Louis, Missouri.


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