Written by: Taylor Woods, Account Executive
Central Washington Sparrow Clubs USA has come to be known as one of the most distinguished nonprofits in Kittitas County in the last year. They have had many successful fundraisers and campaigns that have increased support and awareness for children with special medical needs in Central Washington.
On Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 Sparrow Clubs teamed up with the CWU Athletics Department to hold Sparrow Night at the CWU Women’s Basketball Game. The night was designed to not only raise money and support for the current Sparrows, but also to recognize and give thanks to all of their supporters in the community.
Staff from Central Washington Sparrow Clubs USA attended the event, including Project Coordinator Sam Cathcart and board member Steve Mezich. Avory Clarke, the Sparrow Child adopted by Lincoln Elementary, also came with her family. Sparrow Clubs and the Central Communication Agency also came prepared with over 15 volunteers.
The night kicked off with the Sparrow Singers singing the National Anthem. Wildcat Athletics then presented Avory Clarke with her very own pink Women’s Basketball jersey. They also presented John Graf, Lincoln Elementary principal, with a special game ball.
Sparrow Clubs had a full table of information, pictures, and swag, complete with silent auction items donated by Iron Horse Brewery and the CWU Wildcat Shop, plus two Seahawks jackets as raffle prizes.
At half-time, Sam Cathcart spoke about Sparrow Clubs and its importance in the community. Sparrow Clubs then invited any and all crowd members to the court to shoot $1 free throws in attempts to win a prize sponsored by Sparrow Clubs. Both sides of the court filled up quickly with both local students and CWU students, and Sparrow Clubs was able to raise quite a bit of money.
Overall, the event raised $549 that will go directly to the four current Sparrow children: Adrian, Anthony, Avory, and Daniel. Sparrow Clubs is so grateful for all of the help from by its partners. Claire Cox in the CWU Athletics Department deserves a large recognition. They would also like to thank the following organizations: Iron Horse Brewery, CWU Wildcat Shop, Lincoln Elementary, CWU Athletics Department, Shirtworks, and the Ellensburg community as a whole.