Madawaska Booster Club raises more than $1,100 at car wash

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Athletics Booster Club held a car wash Saturday at the Northern Maine Medical Center Pharmacy in Madawaska to raise money for the students’ athletics at Madawaska schools. 

The booster club had about 20 athletes and two coaches show up on the “beautiful, sunny day,” to help shine cars and raise funds, according to Sonya Poiesz, head of fundraising with the Madawaska Booster Club.

“It was a joy to see the student athletes from MMHS, boys and girls work together on a beautiful late summer day adhering to COVID-19 guidelines to raise money for the booster club,” said soccer coach Tom Gerard, who was also at the car wash.

“The kids arrived not really knowing what to expect,” Poiesz said. “Everyone mingled and got a hold of a brush or rag.” 

Poiesz said the boys preferred the powerwashers. With all of the students there, there was more than one water fight and Gerard said that “only a few students got washed in the process.” 

Despite the shenanigans, Poiesz said the students interacted well with the public and were “polite and courteous.” 

“The public seemed happy to see some life from young people,” Poiesz said. “Our goal was to raise money as well as have fun.” 

After the students hit the $900 mark, Poiesz said they got “super motivated.” 

“The students were determined to reach the $1,000 mark and they were successful,” Poiesz said. 

The car wash raised more than $1,100 to go toward the purchase of uniforms for the new golf team and all the other sports teams, including soccer. 

“A big thank you goes out to the citizens of the Valley that supported the students with their generous donations for having their cars washed,” Gerard said. “These students have played soccer under a cloud of uncertainty as to whether or not they would have a season and now their patience has paid off.” 

The first soccer game of the season was scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15,  at the Madawaska soccer fields. 

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