Gaylord Community Field a Collaborative Effort

A turf field is currently being installed at Gaylord High School.  It will be used for many athletic activities, physical education classes and community events.

According to Gaylord Schools superintendent, Brian Pearson “This has been a dream for over ten years and will become a reality due to a supportive community and the quality partnerships.”

The Quarterback Club, a group of volunteers  that raises funds for Gaylord Blue Devil Football, spearheaded the project.

“Last year after a conversation with the school, we formed a subcommittee and  began brainstorming fundraising strategies, established a fund at the Community Foundation and started a quiet phase of fundraising.” stated Shawn Abraham, Quarterback Club President. “The Gaylord Community Field Fund of the Otsego County Community Foundation is two fold – building the field along with an endowed portion for future maintenance.”

To date 75 individuals and businesses have contributed almost $450,000 to the fund.

“Gifts of all sizes are making a difference.  We manage over eighty charitable funds and people are excited about giving to the Field Fund for a variety of reasons.”  said Dana Bensinger OCCF, executive director.  “Along with the contributions there have been several sincere messages remembering a loved one or expressions of the importance of this collaborative effort.”

“Not only will this improvement help our local hometown team, it will provide opportunities for many other uses such as camps and competitions. In addition it will allow us to host regional and statewide events bringing
with it many guest and visitors. This will have a tremendous economic impact on our local business community. We are proud and excited toparticipate in this outstanding community improvement.” Comments Paul Beachnau, Executive Director of the Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau.

“The Gaylord Board of Education has done an outstanding job ensuring that money is spent wisely and in a manner that has the greatest impact on the classroom.  Therefore, even though GCS recognized the value of the turf field we could not justify allocating the full $1,000,000 out of general fund that was required to complete the project.   Although the project is close to completion we still have a goal to reach.  That goal is to fund 100% of the project through community donations and not touch the money in the general fund.” Pearson added. “it is our hope to have  100% of the field funded by end of 2018.”

The first event will be a Gaylord Boys Soccer game on August 23rd vs Sault Area High School, followed by a Gaylord Varsity Football game on August 30th vs Gladstone.  In addition to Blue Devils the field will be open to St. Mary’s and community events.

“We at St. Mary are incredibly grateful for the generosity and feel very blessed to have this opportunity. On behalf of our school we would like to thank those that made this possible by donating their time and money.” expressed St. Mary athletic director, Jen Jeffers.

To learn more and make your contribution click here.

     

Progress is happening on the new field

Rendition of Field Entrance