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Rain Puts a Damper on Pleasantville Booster Club

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – After rain forced Pleasantville High School's football home opener on Friday night to Valhalla High School, the football team's booster club suffered in raising crucial funds."We haven't been able to give out our media guide, we can't do any concessions and merchandise sales are down," Nina Lanza said, a member of the booster club and parent of a Pleasantville football player. "We're at about 1/16 of what we would normally make on a typical home night game,"Using a large tent as shelter from the rain, the women of the club set up their merchandise and memorabilia in hopes of raising funds. The women said they were very grateful for the last-minute help they received."The people at Valhalla have been great in giving us tables and a tent for us to set up for the game," Lanza said. "We wouldn't have been able to do this without them,"The Pleasantville High School football booster club brings in a significant amount of money every season for the team and the school. The club contributes in multiple ways, such as buying merchandise for the team, paying a videographer for each game, and purchasing lights for evening home games at Parkway Field. The club said that the low amount of money being brought in on Friday night was especially discouraging with budget cuts already putting restrictions on money spent in athletics.Debbie Schulman, a volunteer with the booster club who also has a son on the team, said she was most upset for the players."I feel bad for the boys and just them not being able to able to play at their home field in front of a large crowd," Schulman said.The booster club will look forward to making up for Friday night next weekend as the Pleasantville Panthers will host the Westlake High School Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at Parkway Field. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.

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