Shoe roundup and sale a success

The Bay Men’s Club recently hosted its first annual sport shoe roundup and sale, and this letter is to thank all those who helped make this event a success.

The event was designed as a way for Bay Men’s Club to provide another needed community service. The focus of the sale was to raise money for the Bay Men’s Club Scholarship Fund, as well as provide a very inexpensive alternative for families to purchase gently-used athletic shoes and cleats.

The community was asked to donate used shoes and cleats at several different merchant locations, including Bay Lanes, True Value Hardware, Subway, and Arthur’s Shoes. More than 100 pairs of shoes and cleats, shin guards, softball and baseball mitts, and some other interesting items were donated, including ice skates, wrestling shoes, soccer bags filled with socks and much more.

Many of the shoes and cleats looked brand new. We sold more than 60 pair of shoes, shin guards and other items. We gave many pair away for people that asked and were in need.

Large families with obvious limited funds were able to outfit their entire family for a fraction of the retail cost.

We realized how much this really means to the many families that can gain from it. We saw it firsthand. We have offered the remaining equipment to local residents in need.

If anyone can still use a good pair of shoes, let us know. After that, whatever is left will be donated to a community that can use them.

Many thanks to the many anonymous donors of the shoes. Mothers and fathers stepped up and helped us. Much gratitude also to our city for assisting, as well as the Recreation Department, BMS Principal Sean McAndrews, Athletic Director Matt Spellman, and our merchants in Bay Village Square that accepted the donations.

Once again, thanks for all for their support.

– Kelly Brewer and Dominic Giovannazzo, Bay Men’s Club

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:23 PM, 04.05.2011