FARMINGTON — Parents of state championship football players at Mt. Blue High School have raised more than $10,000 to purchase 57 championship rings for players and coaches.
The team won the Class B state title on Nov. 17.
A dinner at the Homestead Bakery Restaurant on Sunday raised $4,000 to add to the $5,900 already raised, Chanda Luker said.
An individual stepped forward after the meal to make sure there was enough to purchase the rings, which cost about $185 each, she said. The rings are expected to arrive by the end of February.
The teammates are close, especially the 12 seniors, 10 of whom have played together since the third grade, Luker said. Most, including their parents, are sad the season is over, she said.
"This group of parents are wonderful, ask and they are willing to do," she said.
Proud of the team, the parents gathered after the state game and decided what they could do. A savings account was opened and a request for donations was made to the community. A letter went out to RSU 9 area businesses seeking donations for the rings.
Parents, Betsey Hyde and Luker, and Dottie Danforth of the Homestead planned a special dinner at the Broadway restaurant, which opened only for this event.
With two seatings for the pasta buffet meal, 180 tickets were sold with many putting in more than the requested $15 per person.
Some businesses provided items for a silent auction, including a ski pass, a 16- by 20-inch poster of the team after the win, and the champion game ball signed by the players and coaches, Luker said.
Eight coaches cleared tables and 20 parents did dishes and other tasks. Everyone worked well together, Laurie Danforth said of her volunteer help for the evening.
Some of the football players attended.
"They were really enthusiastic and happy. You couldn't help but enjoy it. There was a high energy and warmth here," Danforth said. "It was a very successful evening and a lot of fun."
An event to celebrate and allow donors to see the rings is being considered when they arrive, Luker said.