Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
Glen Cove High School’s Big Red Varsity Football Team has been selling raffle tickets to raise money to help a U.S. Marine who was wounded by an IED while serving in Iraq. During halftime of the team’s Sept. 11, 2010 game against West Hempstead, High School Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton, a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps and Platoon Commander during the Gulf War, proudly announced that the team, with the help of two very generous donors who prefer to remain anonymous, raised more than $10,000 for the Cpl. Christopher G. Scherer Semper Fi Fund, also referred to as “Team Chris.”
Through the fundraiser, organized through Dr. Hinton and Glen Cove Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Denise Kiernan, the Big Red team sold chances for the raffle of four President’s Suite tickets to the Sept. 19 New York Jets – New England Patriots football game. Conducting the raffle were U.S. Marine Brian Monahan, a 2006 graduate of Glen Cove High School, along with Janet and Tim Scherer, the parents of Cpl. Christopher Scherer of the U.S. Marines, who lost his life to an enemy sniper while serving in Iraq.
Funds raised for “Team Chris” will be used to help Sgt. Leo Chargualaf, a member of Cpl. Scherer’s platoon who was seriously injured by an IED while also serving in Iraq. Sgt. Chargualaf is currently undergoing a difficult rehabilitation in a military hospital, and has endured more than 10 operations, with at least eight more ahead of him to address burns to his arms, legs and face, as well as hearing damage. He has a wife and two young children, so monies will be used to begin a college fund for the children and to assist Sgt. Chargualaf and his family along the way.
The Glen Cove Big Red Football team sold more than $5,000 in raffle tickets, which was matched by approximately $5,000 provided by the two anonymous donors. Tom Williams was the winner of the four Jets tickets. A commemorative “Team Chris” coin was used for the opening coin toss.
The Big Red team was winner on the field, as well. They defeated West Hempstead 39-13, outscoring the Rams 19-0 in the second half. Congratulations to the Big Red and all those who participated in the fundraiser! For more information on “Team Chris,” visit www.cplchris.com.