Brewster group scores $70,000 for turf fields
The Journal News
The Brewster Sports Foundation netted $70,000 toward
its Fields of Dreams campaign at the first of what
is to be an annual fundraiser last weekend, attended
by several sports celebrities.
"It's overwhelming the gratitude we have to
the community for coming out and supporting it and
being as generous as they were," said foundation
President Jim Hogan.
The parent-driven initiative began a year and a
half ago for athletic fields to the Brewster schools.
The goal is to raise $1 million by June 30 and to
install an Astro Turf field at Brewster High School
this summer. That money would be matched by a grant
from the CV Starr Foundation, Hogan said.
The campaign has raised $300,000, Hogan said.
"It's very difficult for the Brewster sports
programs to compete in Section 1 without a turf field," Hogan
said. "Brewster is the only school district
in Putnam County that doesn't have turf."
Saturday night's event, held at the Starr Ridge
Banquet and Conference Center in Southeast, brought
in 240 people. Four retired athletes made appearances,
including former heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney;
Wesley Walker, former wide receiver for the Jets;
Karl Nelson, former tackle for the Giants; and Billy
Sample, a former Yankees outfielder.
Developer Paul Camarda also delivered $25,000 of
the $100,000 he pledged toward the campaign that
night, Hogan said.
Reach Marcela Rojas at email@example.com or 845-228-2271.
How to help
To donate to Fields of Dreams campaign, send a check
to: Brewster Sports Foundation, P.O. Box 175, Brewster,
To donate online, visit their Web site at www.brewsterfields.org