Community members raise funds for new scoreboard at Volunteer’s Park
North Salem community members are organizing to raise funds to purchase a scoreboard for youth soccer and lacrosse at Volunteers Park. The fundraiser, organized by Andy Pelosi, North Salem High School girls JV soccer coach and co-chair of North Salem's Recreation Committee, seeks to raise $7,500 to cover the cost of the scoreboard.
The North Salem Athletic Booster Club made an initial contribution of $1,000 toward the cost and the Town of North Salem has already spent close to $1,500 to purchase the steel support beams needed to secure the scoreboard. The Town has also committed to covering installation costs, including electrical wiring.
Town Supervisor Warren Lucas estimated the town's total contribution will be a few thousand dollars. Lucas will ask the Town Board to approve the purchase of the scoreboard at next Tuesday's Town Board meeting, and will apply the amount of all funds raised through the community GoFundMe page toward the purchase price.
“The field is nearly 20 years old and does not have an existing scoreboard. That’s why we want one installed,” Pelosi said, adding that the scoreboard would be used by youth athletes who compete for North Salem schools as well as the town's recreational teams. “A scoreboard has been discussed for years and it will be a great addition for fans, players and coaches.”
Kristen Connolly, co-president of the North Salem Athletic Booster Club, said, “the JV and Varsity girls soccer and lacrosse teams, as well as North Salem soccer and lacrosse recreation teams use this field. It will be an added welcome to the field for players, coaches and spectators. We are very happy to support this project and invest in our children's future.”
As of Friday evening, the fundraiser’s GoFundMe page showed that $2,635 had been raised toward the $7,500 goal.
Organizers hope to have the scoreboard installed by May in time for spring sports.
Community members who wish to contribute toward the fundraiser can click here to access the GoFundMe page.