“Cougs for a Cause,” the April 1 Ada High Alumni Basketball event and silent auction, netted more than $30,000 to be divided equally between the Meghan Patrizi and Emma Stewart families.
According to event officials, checks were written for $15,750 for each family. The event was the first of its kind and was developed to help two Ada High alums and their families.
Emma Stewart, daughter of AHS alum Scott Stewart and granddaughter of retired AJHS teacher Jana Stewart, was born with HHLS, a congenital heart condition which has created ongoing medical expenses for both surgery and treatments.
Meghan Patrizi Delobe, AHS alum and daughter of retired AJHS teacher Maureen Patrizi, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer last spring and died Feb. 18, 2011, her 30th birthday. Meghan was a non-smoker. The Patrizi family will be setting up a scholarship fund in memory of Meghan.
“It was gratifying to see how everyone rallied around these two families and showed their support,” Stacey Golightly, one of the event organizers, said. “In addition to the two basketball games, a silent auction and alumni baseball game were held, which just increased the donations. Some of the players came from as far away as California to participate and to help the cause,” she said. Both the Patrizi and Stewart families were overwhelmed by the response of the community and the unselfish and unexpected acts of kindness.
Ada High girls and boys basketball teams helped by organizing a “Think Pink” game which netted more than $1,000, and Ada High Leadership also sponsored a contest between homerooms to raise money.
“The citizens of Ada love these two families,” Golightly said. “It is truly a testimony of how kind and giving our community is, not to mention that the event was so much fun for all that attended. All of the organizers would like to thank everyone who donated and participated and hope you know how much your support is appreciated.”