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Mac Athletic Boosters purchase weight room naming rights

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CHECK PRESENTATION: From left: Robert Daine, Christy Householder, Kenny Cole, Tim White, James Callane, Nina White, Jennifer Miller, Kate Miller, Amy Stoll, and Jeanette Merritt celebrate the purchase of the weight room naming rights. These individuals hold various roles on the Maconaquah School Board, Athletic Booster Club board, and Future Brave Endowment Fund board.
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BRAVE NEW PLAQUE: The Maconaquah Athletic Booster Club purchased naming rights for the high school weight room for $2,000 over four years. As a result, a plaque recognizing the club is placed outside the weight room. The Future Brave Endowment Fund board is working to secure more naming rights purchases of Maconaquah facilities.

By Eric Stoff / stoffe@maconaquah.k12.in.us

A handful of Maconaquah alumni and administrators gathered outside the high school weight room last week to celebrate.

The Maconaquah Athletic Booster Club purchased naming rights for the high school weight room – a one-time $2,000 donation for the next four years and the first large contribution to the Future Brave Endowment Fund.

“It’s neat that I have the opportunity to help build a fund that will give to all students,” said Nina White, president of the booster club.

White said the booster club “thought of what facility benefits all of Maconaquah’s athletes, and we decided … the weight room was some place that meant something to every athlete.”

The Future Brave Endowment Fund was started at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Funds are raised through various efforts, and the dollars are invested with the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF), of which the Miami County Community Foundation is a fund affiliate. More than $5,000 has been raised so far through various donations and five percent of concession and ticket sales at school events.

Maconaquah Superintendent Dr. James Callane said he is “grateful” for the athletic booster club. When the boosters were approached about contributing five percent of concession sales to the fund, Callane said, “They did not bat an eye.”

“We will look back on this historic moment in a few years and realize the athletic boosters helped kick this fund off,” he said.

White said the Athletic Boosters have donated about $1,000 from the five percent of concession sales, which occur at every indoor athletic event.

Maconaquah School Board President Robert Daine said he “can’t applaud (the boosters) enough for all they do for our student athletes.”

“The first naming rights is a huge deal because it should get the ball rolling and spark a lot of interest. I believe the purchase of naming rights will make a big difference in our fundraising,” Daine said, adding that the fund is not only for athletic groups. “Every group at our schools will benefit from this fund. It is a goal of this fund to end the constant need to fundraise to provide for our ECA programs.”

White noted that is one of the biggest reasons she is excited for the Future Brave Endowment Fund – it will benefit all students. When she was a student at Maconaquah, she was an athlete, but she was also in band and participated in drama.

Daine attributed the inception of the fund to board member Tim White, and said, “I truly feel you should always leave a legacy, and this fund will be this school board’s legacy at Maconaquah.”

Callane said he hopes to have more than $1 million in the fund in a few years.

“That is an ambitious goal, but we have many great alumni, parents, teachers, patrons, and supporters that can help us achieve it,” he said.

Anyone interested in purchasing naming rights to a Maconaquah facility – from a classroom to an auditorium or football stadium – can contact Callane at CallaneJ@maconaquah.k12.in.us. General donations can also be made by visiting www.nicf.org, clicking “Donate,” and choosing The Future Brave Endowment Fund under “Designate Your Gift.”