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Reverse raffle to benefit Fox Chapel Area girls hoops

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 2:42 p.m.
Fox Chapel senior basketball player Erin Mathias, a Duke recruit, averaged 13.6 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in the 2012-2013 season.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Fox Chapel senior basketball player Erin Mathias, a Duke recruit, averaged 13.6 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in the 2012-2013 season.

Fox Chapel Area girls basketball Coach Meghan Meabon hopes the team's first Reverse Raffle fundraiser set for Nov. 2 will provide plenty of suspense, compared to a typical prize drawing.

“Usually you want your number to be picked,” said Meabon, now in her fifth season with the team. “Here, the last remaining number in the bin is the winner.”

The event will be at Parkview Fire Hall along Midway Drive in O'Hara.

Tickets cost $40 for two; individual tickets also are $40. Admission includes a buffet dinner, beer, soda and a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize.

Proceeds benefit the high school team by helping to pay for offseason camps, equipment, senior night gifts and the year-end banquet.

Money also will offset expenses for the team's December trip to the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando. Meabon said the girls will play three games in Florida against teams from across the nation.

“It will give these girls the experience of a lifetime,” said Meabon, whose team last year finished with a 19-6 record.

“For the chance to compete against a girl from Kentucky or Wisconsin, or, for someone who's not going to compete at the college level, this is great.”

Both the varsity and junior varsity teams will make the trip the week after Christmas.

There are other reasons for the fundraiser.

Meabon wants to get people talking about the team, which has been climbing its way back to the top of WPIAL competition.

“It allows us to get our name out there and for people to see how far girls basketball has come here,” she said.

Senior forward Erin Mathias said having the community come out to support the team is a great morale booster.

“It's important to have support and get people out in the stands at the games, too,” she said.

Mathias, 18, will graduate next year but said she wants to leave a strong foundation for her younger teammates.

“It will bring in money for them,” she said. “It's always good to be able to buy new uniforms and supplies.”

Meabon said she hopes the fundraiser will bring in $8,000 to $10,000, and said the event will feature a Chinese auction, games, raffles and more. Several smaller prizes will be handed out, in addition to the $1,000.

Winners do not need to be present.

Meabon said her team provided fans with some fierce matchups with Gateway and Plum before falling short by three points in last year's playoffs against Mt. Lebanon.

“We gave them a run for the money,” she said. “There were people commenting that they had never seen girls basketball played with that kind of intensity. I think this event is a great way to bring the community together and recognize girls basketball.”

To purchase tickets, call 412-967-2430, ext. 1835.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or

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