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Posted on Jan 16, 2019

Back the Jacks fundraiser returns

For the second time in three years, the Quincy community will gather to raise money for its high school student programs.
Back the Jacks, a fundraiser started two years ago by athletic director Kaycie Tuttle, returns next month after a hiatus in 2018, with a silent auction, a live auction, and a wishing tree.
The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Quincy Valley Business and Conference Center, with tickets for $30 and table sponsorships at $300 each. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:15 p.m. One silent-auction section will close around 6:30 p.m. and a second section will close at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at Quincy Hardware & Lumber, 23 E St. SE, Quincy.
The fundraiser in 2017 raised about $25,000.
Mark Kondo, associate athletic director for Quincy High School, said that if the event could raise a similar amount of money this time, “that would be outstanding.”
“I have been really impressed with the Quincy community and their support for, not only athletics, but all the activities,” Kondo said.
Groups like FBLA, DECA, FFA, the Drama Club, the band, the choir, as well as athletics, all benefit from the money raised at Back the Jacks, Kondo said.
This year’s event includes a wishing tree, which allows a major purchase or donation to be divided into more affordable parts. For example, coaches can submit a wish for five batting helmets. On the tree, the wish will be featured as five separate donations of one helmet each. A donor can take as many tags as he or she wants, Kondo said.
“It will make it easier for people,” Kondo added. “Not everyone has unlimited funds.”
The deadline for people wanting to donate items for the auctions is the first week of February.
“If people have donations they would like to make, they can contact me,” Kondo said, “or the coaches.” It’s easier to go to Kondo directly, he himself said, by calling 509-989-3246.
Lastly, Kondo thanked Darci Kleyn, Cassi Calloway and Debbie Ramsey and several of the coaches for their help organizing the event.
“I just hope it’s something fun for the community and brings additional funds for our ASB activities and athletics,” he said.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com