Tyler Takeda/The Madera Tribune
More than 150 people attended last year’s Madera Coyote kickoff dinner at San Joaquin Winery. Organizers are hoping for the same numbers at this year’s dinner next week.
After its successful cornhole tournament, the Madera Coyote football team boosters will turn to one more fundraiser before the beginning of the football season.
The second annual Coyote Football Kickoff dinner will be 5-11 p.m. Aug. 5 at San Joaquin Winery. Tickets are $50 and the dinner will be catered by Players Smoked BBQ. Also on the schedule are silent, live and dessert auctions as well as music and dancing.
“We’re excited about it,” Coyote head coach Yosef Fares said. “We want to build this dinner up. It’s a good way to get everyone together after a busy off-season and focus on the season. It’s really a kick- off dinner because after that it’s go-go-go for the season.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door or call 363-9823.
“Ticket sales are going well,” Fares said. “It’s not as good last year. Scott McKinney helped us out a lot last year. We’re working on it. We might be close to what we were last year. We’re doing one last push. We’re hoping to get the community out there.”
Last year, Fares said about 150 tickets were sold to his first event.
“We did very well with our silent and live auction,” he said. “San Joaquin Winery donated half the bar proceeds back to us.”
Fares hopes to build this up as a big-time fundraiser, but right now he just wants people there to help the program rise.
“We’re still building it up,” he said. “We want people to be there and connect with the program. We want to have 150 people there.”
After a successful cornhole tournament, where Fares and playing partner Cole Brincefield were the last Madera team standing, thus earning a self-proclaimed title of Madera city champions, Fares hopes for another successful event.
“I’m always excited about the next fundraiser,” he said. “We’ve had great support from the community. We hope to continue to have great support.”