The Friends of the Crusaders is an organization comprised of parents, coaches and administration united together and dedicated to raising funds to better serve student athletes of all athletic programs at Holy Cross High School.
The Friends of The Crusaders work together throughout the year to raise money to benefit the athletic program. They work the gates at the football and basketball games, they run the Crusader Clothing Sale and more. The biggest fundraiser is the Night of the Races. People rave about The Friends of Crusaders “Night”. The night includes a buffet dinner with beer and soda, horse races, a Chinese auction, instant bingo and 50/50s. There is opportunity to buy horses and if your horse wins, then you are a winner!
Funds raised through the efforts of the Friends of Crusaders are utilized to subsidize school spirit projects such as special pep rallies, Green and Silver night, student dinner fees and awards including varsity letters and pins for the athletic banquet and special circumstances arising from any particular team advancing into post-season competition. Monies will also be available to the Athletic Department to supplement the regular team budget for items that are not in the budget and will benefit the student body/school as a whole. Examples of such items include a video camera and analyzer for reviewing game tapes, a portable score board for outdoor sporting events, batting cage and carpet, electronic timer finish line for cross country, headsets and tackling dummies for football, poles for pole vault event for track, golf bags for the golf team, uniform shirts for bowling and portable canopy/tent for cross country events.
The Friends of Crusaders meet the first Wednesday of the month at Holy Cross High School. From there, committees are formed and volunteers are assigned jobs. Each sport must have representation at the meetings in order to benefit from the fundraising efforts of the group.
Join our Facebook Page to stay informed with activities and events, come to a meeting, ask a coach if you can be a representative or stop by the clothing table at report card night or anytime you see the Crusader clothing for sale.
Our annual Night at the Races will look a little different this year due to the pandemic. We obviously won’t be able to host an in-person event with over 600 people as we have in the past. So, this year we’re going virtual. Our event will be live-streamed and a link will be sent to you. We hope you will enjoy the evening from the comfort of your home with those in your “bubble”.
For those of you who are new this year to Holy Cross or if you’ve never attended our event, please let us explain what Night at the Races is.
Night at the Races is our school’s biggest fundraiser and has grown into a popular and much anticipated seasonal event.
We run 10 races during the evening. You purchase horses in advance, name them and automatically win $50 if your horse comes in first. This year we will put together the program and email a copy to you prior to the event with a form for placing bets. You may place bets for $2 on any horse you choose from the program. You may place as many bets as you desire for each race/horse. All bets will be made and paid for in advance. Once all bets are in the odds will be calculated and announced before each race. You win if the horse you choose comes in first. (This is separate from the $50 you win if your $10 horse comes in first.) We will also run the daily double!
Tickets will be available for purchase for our basket raffle and the basket of cheer. Pictures and basket descriptions will be available to view at a later date.
Basket of cheer tickets are $1 each. A sheet of tickets is included in this packet.
Please feel free to make additional copies if needed.
Basket raffle ticket prices are:
Tier 1 tickets (baskets valued under $100)
2 for $1.00, 7 for $3.00, 15 for $5.00.
Tier 2 tickets (baskets valued at over $100)
1 for $2.00, 3 for $5.00, 7 for $10.00.
Winners will be drawn and announced that evening.
Please get involved this year to help make this a successful event:
· By becoming a sponsor
· By purchasing Basket of Cheer and basket raffle tickets
· By purchasing and naming a horse or two
· By selling horses and raffle tickets to your friends (everyone enjoys winning)
· By placing bets
· By making a donation of a basket or items for a basket
· By making a donation in lieu of admission
Horse sale sheets are enclosed in this mailing for your convenience. Please make checks payable to Holy Cross High School and return by Monday, February 15, 2021.
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE
Please fill out the form below and return to the school by February 15, 2021 if you are interested in attending our virtual event or you can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email addresses will be needed to send the link.