Howard fields light up Friday

Monday fund-raiser ends two-year drive, clears way for debut at three schools

High Schools

September 29, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Newly constructed lights at three Howard County high school stadiums will illuminate three athletic events Friday night - the culmination of a strong community effort.

A McDonald's fund-raiser Monday night that produced $10,000, plus an anonymous donation of $25,000, completed a two-year, $1 million-plus community project to light 11 fields.

Friday's games are Reservoir at Atholton and Wilde Lake at River Hill in football, and River Hill at Oakland Mills in boys soccer - all at 7 p.m.

Lights at Mount Hebron, Glenelg and Long Reach will be ready for Oct. 8. Centennial and Reservoir should be lighted on Oct. 15. Hammond and Wilde Lake should be lighted before the final weekend of this football season. Lights at Marriott's Ridge, a new school scheduled to open in Marriottsville in fall 2005, will be finished this summer.

Sixteen Howard County McDonald's restaurants donated 25 percent of their proceeds that came in Monday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. McDonald's was the 20th Howard County business to make a significant donation.

"The response to McDonald's night was overwhelming," said Don Disney, the county's coordinator of athletics. "We are over the top."

The county needed to raise $1,085,000. Previously, Howard was the only county high school with a lighted stadium.

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