Check offered for concession stand project
It was like a ninth-inning insurance run delivered in the form of a $10,000 check.
The Fox Chapel District Association on Monday night pitched in to help erect an $80,000 concession stand now under construction at the high school along Field Club Road.
“I could not believe that they called an hour after my presentation to say, ‘Yes,'” said baseball booster President Leslie Merrill McCombs. “It clinched the effort.”
The donation by the District Association guaranteed that the 18-by-33-foot building would be completed on time for spring sports, McCombs said. An all-volunteer construction effort has managed to already erect the structure, which McCombs said looks like a knock-off of Pizza Hut. They’ve been working since the June 28 groundbreaking but rain has thwarted the effort for the past month.P> McCombs spearheaded the project this spring because the expansive campus at Fox Chapel Area was lacking a permanent concession stand as well as an outdoor restroom.
“This project is so important to hundreds of kids and community members and they saw that,” said McCombs, citing use of the campus fields by the softball, baseball, soccer and tennis teams.
Tom Healy, District Association president, said the hefty donation was worthwhile and something that will be used to benefit the entire community.
“If you’re down by the tennis courts or the softball field, there are no restroom facilities except inside the school,” he said. “It’s hard on handicapped people, for players to be back in time for the batting order.”
The District Association was founded in 1928 to fund efforts like that of the Baseball Boosters. The group provides money to pay for area-wide beautification projects not supported by tax dollars. Over the past couple years, they have boosted several local projects, including:
Most recently, the group gave money to erect directional signs at Fox Chapel and Guys Run roads, and to plant native trees throughout the Lower Valley.
Oddly, Healy said very few people solicit the group for money. Ideas come mainly from the 21 board members who serve as the group’s eyes and ears.
“They’re out talking to people and seeing what the needs are,” he said.
The District Association raises money through membership dues. There are about 900 families that belong to the group. Dues are $10 per person or $25 per family.