Dinner to benefit Quaker Valley football, cheerleading squads

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

This season, members of the Quaker Valley varsity football team and cheerleading squad won't only be learning running plays and choreographed routines — they'll also receive a lesson on giving back to the community.

Football players and cheerleaders will be greeting customers and serving food at an Aug. 25 spaghetti dinner benefitting the two programs.

“It's important that our student-athletes learn that giving back to the community is just as important as the community supporting them,” cheerleading coach Dana Tabay said.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3372 in Leetsdale, where the dinner will be held.

“It's important that the kids support our veterans and active military,” said Tabay, whose brother died in 2007 while serving in the Navy.

This is the first year the two groups are working together as the cheerleaders now are part of the football boosters organization, Tabay said.

“They are working together as a team, and it gets kids together and communicating,” she said.

In years past, the cheerleaders held their own fundraisers or donated their own money to pay for extras for the football team including Monday night dinners for the coaches, decorations for the locker room and water bottles for the team.

Cheerleaders also paid out-of-pocket for expenses including their annual banquet and awards, shoes, jackets, shirts and bags.

Proceeds from this year's dinner and other fundraisers will help with those expenses, Tabay said.

At the Senior Night game against South Fayette on Oct. 4, cheerleaders will raise money through a 50/50 raffle for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research organization. Football players will be wearing pink wristbands and cheerleaders will be wearing pink T-shirts and using pink pom-poms.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or jbarron@tribweb.com.

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