VHS Booster Club Hosts Meet the Tigers Night Aug. 10
West Des Moines Community School District residents are invited to ‘Meet the Tigers’ Night starting at 5 p.m. Friday, August 10 at Valley Stadium. The event, formerly referred to as the ‘Dial Bowl’, includes intra-squad football scrimmages and introduction of all fall sports teams including boys and girls cross country, volleyball, girls swimming, boys golf and football. The evening also will include new meal items to be offered at concessions this fall, new merchandise featuring the new Valley tiger logo, and membership sign up for the Valley Tiger Athletic Booster Club, which provides financial support to the Valley Athletic Department and other school related activities and organizations.
“Instead of collecting soap or sports beverages for entry into the event, we decided this year to give people the option to make donations to East High School,” says Mark Domek, booster club president. “In addition to taking care of the needs of our own athletes, we recognize this as an opportunity to help a neighboring community in a time of need by using a portion of the proceeds for East High School recovery efforts.” A fire at East High School last week destroyed athletic equipment, locker rooms, athletic offices and personal athletic apparel belonging to many athletes.
“Fall is an exciting time, for most students and families, with back to school activities underway,” says Brad Rose, activities director, Valley High School. “But for East High School this year, these kids are questioning whether they will even have enough equipment to field their teams. We have a lot of student athletes and parents asking how they can help, so the booster club came up with this idea as a more formal way to generate support.”
The Valley Tiger Booster Club (VTBC) is a non-profit organization that raises money through three different sales operations: VTBC Memberships; Concessions; and Merchandise. The net sales dollars raised from these operations are used for contributions to the sports programs based on annual requests from the coaches and the Activities Director for uniform and equipment purchases, supplies and other related expenses. The general fund for the West Des Moines Community School District only pays for coaches salaries. The athletic programs generate money through ticket sales and fundraising, which is used for the cost of hosting events, travel required for games and events, uniforms, fees for the athletic programs, and facilities improvements. In addition to West Des Moines schools, Valley athletic venues are used by other organizations including Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines Menace Soccer, the West Des Moines Little Pro Youth Football League and the West Des Moines Soccer Club.
“We are encouraging area residents and Valley fans to join us this Friday and show their support; not just for Valley this year, but also East High School. It will be a great night of community with food, sports and fun,” added Domek. “The evening will kick off with a freshman intra-squad football scrimmage, followed by the sophomore team. All other sports teams will be introduced between the sophomore and varsity scrimmages.”