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Blue Hawk Booster Club receives $1,600 grant

Thanks to the Dickinson Area Community Foundation and Jason Hopfauf, the Blue Hawk Booster Club was awarded a grant of $1,600, according to a press release on Wednesday, April 10.

Thanks to the Dickinson Area Community Foundation and Jason Hopfauf, the Blue Hawk Booster Club was awarded a grant of $1,600, according to a press release on Wednesday, April 10.

"Anyone who won that pool could give it to anyone they wanted to, and this group was chosen," Dickinson State Athletic Director Pete Stanton said. "It's really the first (grant) we've had from that type of thing, and we really appreciate it."

As part of the DACF March Madness event, members of the community donated $50 to the DACF Endowment Fund, then named a nonprofit, which was randomly paired with one of the 64 teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Jason Hopfauf, a booster club board member, named the Blue Hawks Booster Club, which was matched up with the University of Virginia Cavaliers. As the Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech 85-77 in the National Championship game on Monday, April 8, the booster club, which raises funds to benefit all Blue Hawk athletics, won $1,600.

"It'll go to all of our sports. We'll put it into the general fund to help with our greatest needs in all of our sports," Stanton said. "One of the things we're doing is looking to renovate our weight room in our athletic facility. Things like that will help a lot in that project."

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The idea of the renovation is still in the early stages and the university will announce more when a plan is in place.

The booster club takes in its greatest surge of funds during the Rendezvous, which occurred on March 23 at the Astoria Hotel and Event Center. There, dozens of guns were raffled off, while attendees dined and participated in a silent auction.

"That's their biggest event, by far, of the year," Stanton said. "They do raffles with that and they had a crowd of close to 400 a couple weeks ago. That's the major fundraiser for the booster club. The other one is golf tournaments."

Additionally, each sport has the means to draw money directly to them rather than to the general fund, such as the football team's Touchdown Club, wrestling's Pin Club, the women's basketball team's Fast Break Club, and more.

An outlier, the golf team raises enough to fuel the program after funding was cut at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

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