“All too often,” Matthew Clements was saying the other day, “many people in our programs never get to now one another or the coaches because their children are involved at different age levels.”
Much of that scenario could change tomorrow night when Clements, who is president of the Johnston Panthers Football & Cheer and many proud people who work with the program host the gridiron groups first-ever Parent’s Night Out.
“Come out, support our league and meet and mingle with other parents,” are the words featured on an impressive promotional poster for the Parents Night Out that will be held tomorrow evening – Oct. 4 – at The Ave Bar & Grill at 1428 Hartford Avenue in Johnston.
Bethany M. Cardilli, one of four mighty moms who are coordinating the unique fund-raiser/special event noted, “Bruce Livingston of The Ave Bar & Grill has graciously donated the use of his venue for our Parents Night Out and for that we can’t thank him enough.”
Livingston, though, is going the extra yard for the JYFC.
“He’s not only donating the use of his venue,” Cardilli went on. “He’s also gong to have some of their amazing apps and is supplying an Ave Bar & Grill gift card for the night’s door prize and has also concocted a special Panther punch especially for the occasion.”
The popular proprietor will also be donating $1 from the sale of every Panther Punch to the JYFC.
“We’ve had many incredible donors make generous contributions for our Parent’s Night,” Cardilli, who has worked tirelessly with Dawn Barry, Tara Abbruzzi and Kristy Pistacchio to ensure that the first-ever event is an overwhelming success. “We’ve had lots of support and donations from Walgreens on Plainfield Street, Coca Cola, Knights Liquor Warehouse, Wreaths by Tara and many people who want to help our youth football and cheerleading program.”
Likewise, Gary Salzillo, who owns and operates Northeast Auto Body at 775 Hartford Avenue and is the former JYFC President and U12 Head Coach, has donated his services and will be playing music for what promises to be a fun-filled fundraiser tomorrow night.
“Everyone’s excited about this event,” Clements explained. “There will be all kinds of raffles with great prizes; there will be door prizes and even a chance to play billiards as well as enjoy some night appetizers. We want to thank people, in advance, for their much appreciated and valuable support.”
Yet another interesting item at Parent’s Night will be what Cardilli called “Giant Jenga and more!”
Tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m.
“Please come out and have some great fun, great eats, and yummy drinks and support our youth football players and cheerleaders,” Cardilli offered. “We’ve got lots of great prizes, too.”