MEDINA TWP. — Participants of an annual gridiron classic weathered rain, wind and a marshy football field Thanksgiving Day morning to raise thousands of dollars for local people in need of a helping hand.
The 21st annual Meadows Turkey Bowl kicked off at 8 a.m. Thursday at the home of Mike Meadows. The football
competition included four teams of 12 players, all who raised money from sponsors to go toward the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Medina.
Money raised for St. Vincent DePaul totaled $90,010, and Tom Rebescher, president of the society, accepted the check after the championship game.
“Our clients appreciate everything done here today,” said Rebescher, who added that the society serves 40 to 50 people on a weekly basis. “This money goes a long way.”
The football matchup dates back to 1989 and is a major fundraising event in Medina County, with all proceeds benefiting the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Meadows said. Last year, the Turkey Bowl brought in about $70,000 for the society, which helped to feed, clothe and offer funds for home heating to many needy folks in Medina County.
“With this money, we’re able to help a lot more people than we would without it, especially in this troubled economy,” said Rebescher, who when concluding his remarks to the players quipped, “You guys are crazy!”
Mud and rainy weather are what makes the bowl a bonanza, Meadows said.
“Heck, nothing will stop us from playing, not even lightning,” he said.
The eight captains for the 2010 Turkey Bowl were Al Melchiorre and Nate Totten; Bill Doraty and Dave Krause; Tim and Terry Blascak and Erin Cureton and Tom Judson.
Tim and Terry Blascak’s Team White won the championship game over Team Blue, 6-5.
“It was a sweet ride to victory,” said Team White quarterback John Scoarste following the final game.
This year’s sponsors of the Turkey Bowl included Hyde Park Steakhouse, the Cleveland Indians and Weymouth Golf Club in Medina. The Highland High School Marching Band played during the games to rally spectators.
A Kids Turkey Bowl is scheduled 9 to 11 a.m. today at Meadows’ residence, 3075 Hood Road, in Medina Township.
For additional information about the Meadows Turkey Bowl, visit www.meadowsturkeybowl.com.
Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.