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‘Go and Glow’ to boost Homecoming fun
October 07, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Lisa Betz-Marquez/Gering Citizen FCA Booster club volunteer Hollie Williams demonstrates to 8-year-old Madison Seiler, the finer details of how to roll cotton candy during the first FCA Go and Glow fundraiser, held last year at Fresh Foods.

Last year’s highly succesful ‘Go and Glow,’ fundraiser is back to help celebrate Gering High School’s Homecoming Week for a second year.

This Sunday, Oct. 9, from 4:30 – 7 p.m., organizers hope for 300 people in attendance at the Fresh Foods parking lot in downtown Gering. Sponsored by the Gering Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Booster Club, the event is a fundraiser, featuring such activities as a car smash, live music and new this year, an expanded kids’ game section.

FCA Booster Club President Bekah Gorsuch said last year’s event was so successful, they’re bringing back all the crowd favorites, from burgers and brats served by Booster Club members to the car smash. This year the kids’ game section will also include a penny carnival with lots of fun for the younger kids.

The Gering High School Cheer Team will provide team spirit and entertainment, as well as face painting for the kids.

The speaker for this year’s Go and Glow event will be Michal Hoppes, a Scottsbluff graduate who went on to play baseball for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was also a campus FCA leader and now serves as a full time area representative for the group in Lincoln. Also on the speakers’ lineup will be John Girard, FCA representative for west Nebraska.

“Our goal is to kick off Homecoming Week,” Gorsuch said. “It’s a way to get the word out about FCA and what it does. We were a new organization in the Gering schools last year.”

Gorsuch said the idea for Go and Glow came from Fresh Foods co-owner Kerri Dishman. “She said Christians are called to go and glow in the world, so that’s what we needed to do.”

FCA chapters are called “huddles.” The one at Gering High School meets on Thursdays with about 45 students attending. The Booster Club has also been providing a meal twice a month.

Since being organized in the Gering schools a year ago, FCA huddles have expanded into the junior high and also into the elementary schools, for fourth through sixth graders.

“We wanted to get an awareness of FCA to younger age kids,” Gorsuch said. “As they grow older, we hope they’ll make it a priority.”

She added the goal of the Booster Club is to get parents involved in supporting Gering athletic programs and encourage coaches and student athletes to “do sports God’s way.”

“That means you’re performing for an audience of one in Jesus Christ,” Gorsuch said. “Your success isn’t dependent on whether you win or lose. The picture is much bigger than that.”

Continuing, she said the booster club isn’t there to take away from any other organization, but to support them and make the entire experience in the Gering schools better.

The evening meal, served from 5 – 7 p.m., is $5 per person. There is also a $3 charge for games such as jousting, wrecking ball, and the car smash. For the kids, game such as football toss, corn-hole toss and face painting are free.

Proceeds from the Go and Glow support student scholarships for FCA events and travel expenses to eastern Nebraska.

Contact Gorsuch at 308-631-5164.
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