Cake auctions provide sweet way to support the Knights

Cake auctions provide sweet way to support the Knights
                        

The West Holmes Knights’ sports programs will let the community have their cake and eat it too during one of the West Holmes Booster Club’s largest fundraisers of the year.

The athletic boosters have set aside two upcoming dates for their sixth annual cake auctions.

All of the Knights boys teams will sell their cakes during the girls varsity basketball game versus Ashland on Jan. 10. The Knights teams being represented will include golf, football, soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, baseball, track and tennis.

The Lady Knights girls teams will sell their cakes on Feb. 1at the boys basketball game versus Mount Vernon. Cakes for sale that evening will be represented by the girls teams for basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball, cross country, track, cheerleading and soccer.

The schedule of sale is completely random and will be determined by draw. The first half of cakes will be auctioned between the junior varsity and varsity game, and then the remainder of the cakes will be sold at halftime of the varsity game.

The concept behind this event is to make each head coach responsible for a cake that represents their sport. Over the years the auction has seen some very unique concoctions, from homemade cakes featuring giant tennis balls or a basketball to homemade chocolate strawberries, cakes made out of cupcakes and cakes that were designed and purchased locally.

All of the cakes have always taken on the flair of the sports team that takes center court and encourages the fans in attendance to donate to the cause and purchase their cake.

West Holmes athletic director Adam Brately said the auction also is a team-building opportunity and a way to get team members involved with the fundraising process.

“The student-athletes take great pride in their team’s cake and carry them onto the floor while they are being auctioned off,” Brately said.

Last year the cake auction brought $9,600 into the West Holmes athletic boosters’ general fund.

“The cake auction is something that the booster club relies on greatly to help raise money, and it is unique in that it not only involves the community coming out and building on each cake, but it includes the coaching staffs and the players from each respective team getting together to make a cake that represents their sport,” West Holmes Athletic Booster Club board member Matt Sprang said. “The coaches show up and talk about ideas, and while they do like to compete with the other teams to design a fun and interesting cake, it is about support for the teams.”

Team members are encouraged to get out into the community and drum up support for their cake at the auction. The funds from the cakes purchased at this auction go toward helping the booster club support youth involved in sports.

“It’s kind of neat to watch because some people would rather buy a cake that the teams actually made while others like the look of one made at the store,” Sprang said. “Either way it is such a great fundraiser because it is in support of the kids and the effort they put into their sports.”

The booster club and the teams invite anyone who has a sweet tooth for supporting the Knights to come out on Jan. 10 or Feb. 1 to show their support for the local teams.


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