Super Bowl Sunday (February 7) will not only determine which National Football League team earns the prestigious honor of being the season’s champs but also provide up to five lucky people in this area with cash prizes as part of a fund-raising event put together by the New Baden Park Boosters group.
The local Parks Boosters pool is set up so that participants can buy into squares for $20 each which will correspond with the scores of the two Super Bowl teams, one from the National Football Conference and one from the American Football Conference.
You can specify what score you wish to play in your square(s) or a number will be assigned to that particular square. Random numbers will be assigned across the top and side of the large group of squares, each number representing the score reached by one of the teams at that time. There are to be five squares designated as winners.
At the conclusion of each of the four quarters, whatever person has the square with the correct score at that time will win $200 or 10 per cent of the total pool if all of the squares are not sold by then. The second quarter score represents what it will be at halftime, then there will be another winner for the score at the end of the third quarter but for the fourth quarter, there will be one winner and yet another winner for the final score of the game. This means there will be five winning squares worth $200 or 10 per cent of the pool each.
Payments may be made to Clark Schmitt or Nate Fuhler or by using the Venmo app payable to New Baden Park Boosters.
Proceeds taken in by the New Baden Park Boosters will be used toward improvements at the village park. The organization currently has 66 members but is hoping to reach a goal of 100.
It was this local group of dedicated individuals which coordinated the community 2020 Christmas lighting display contest and is also planning to hold a major spring clean-up event at the park as they have done in the past on April 10 with April 17 as a backup date if necessary.
Plans are also in place for the Park Boosters to host a softball tournament this June 11, 12 and 13, for which the village board has already offered its approval. Currently 49 teams are signed up but by the time of the action, it is anticipated there will be 72.
At the December meeting of the group, there was a discussion about adding military service ornaments to the gazebo in the park with Jeff Stroot to look into this further. Also talked about was the possibility of naming this site the Veterans Memorial Gazebo.
Currently serving as president of the Park Boosters is Justin Dunning while Jeff Stroot is vice-president and the other officers include Treasurer Nate Fuhler, Secretary Nicole Schomaker and Trustees Zach Peters, Tyler Kehrer and Caitlyn Carroll.