Big turnout for first annual Pacer Varsity Club dinner fundraiser at Belterra


A crowd of 200 people attended last Thursday night’s first annual Pacer Varsity Club dinner and fundraiser held at Belterra Casino and Resort.

The event, which not only served as a fundraiser for the high school athletic department but also a time of fellowship for Pacer fans, raised about $6,000 for Switzerland County athletics – a figure big enough to assure that this will become an annual event.

“We were very happy with the turnout and the event,” Switzerland County athletic director David Todd said. “We wanted to raise money for the athletic department, because we have bills to pay, but we also wanted to give Pacer fans of all sports together for an evening away from the athletic fields and just give them the opportunity to socialize as people who have a common interest in Pacer athletics.”

The money will go a long way in helping fund the wide variety of athletic programs that the school offers for students.

“When we first started, our original goal was $10,000,” David Todd said. “As we moved along and got into it, we were hoping to make about $5,000. We surpassed that, and after the experience, in hindsight we feel it’s a fundraiser that we think will bring about $10,000 in every year because we think we can make some adjustments to it. We have the support going forward. We think this is a positive thing for us.”

Along with the buffet dinner, the evening also featured auctions of sports-related items, which also helped raise money.

David Todd said that some of the items auctioned off included Indiana Pacer tickets; University of Kentucky basketball tickets; an autographed volleyball from the Sectional champion Lady Pacer volleyball team; an autographed football from the first ever home win by a Switzerland County High School football team; a baseball autographed by Pete Rose; and a signed Ken Griffey baseball jersey.

There was also a rather unique auction item.

“We auctioned off the naming rights for a year to the road behind the high school that connects the school with the administration building,” David Todd said. “There was a variety of things.”

The featured speakers this year were two members of the 1981 National Championship basketball team from Indiana University – Ray Tolbert and Landon Turner.

“The speakers this year were really great, and we appreciate them being a part of our first event,” David Todd said. “We’re going to have speakers every year. We’re going to have a variety of different speakers, so we think it’s going to continue to be a great event for everyone.”