Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2005

Lansing Lions Booster Club ready for pregame tailgating

Group again will sponsor barbecue feeds at LHS football

September 1, 2005

With Lansing High School football season starting Friday with a home game against Tonganoxie, the Lansing Lions Booster Club is gearing up again for a tradition that should warm the hearts and stomachs of meat-loving Lions fans. Before the game, the club will barbecue and serve hamburgers, bratwursts and hot dogs near the concessions stand from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or until the food runs out.

"People like to get a little meal before the game, and often they're coming from out of town," Robyn Dorf, the club's vice president said. Without the tailgate, they would have to eat fast food, she said.

The club will have a tailgate barbecue for each home game this season, barring inclement weather, except the homecoming game - the club's annual chili dinner will be held the Wednesday of homecoming week.

The booster club charges $4 for each tailgate meal, which includes a choice of hamburger, hot dog or brat, a dessert and a drink.

Last year, the club raised about $10,000 from such events, Dorf said. The money goes toward a variety of causes and not just the sports programs.

"The money goes to any group or class through the middle or high school that requests it," Dorf said. Last year that included the debate team, the choir and the LHS library.

Dorf said the club will have some light tents and a serving table set up for the food. She said the tradition is about 10 years old, and it started out both as a fund-raiser and as a service.

Teana Hundley, the new president of the club, said the barbecues "just get everybody excited about the upcoming football season, and they give parents the opportunity to mingle before the games."

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