Huskies take orders, raise money in Edwards
Edwards, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado ” The wait staff at E-Town in Edwards, Colorado Wednesday night looked a little young to be waiting tables. The Battle Mountain High School varsity basketball team traded their basketballs for pens and pads so they could jot down food orders all night.
What was in it for them? All the tips earned were going straight toward the team’s expenses this year. The money will help them pay for food and lodging at tournaments, T-shirts and the little extras that keep the team’s morale high, said Coach Phil Tronsrue.
For the players, the fundraiser was something different they all seemed to enjoy. Team members saw the value in teamwork pay off as they helped each other serve food and drinks to E-Town patrons.
“It’s fun. It’s a different experience,” said Mitch Cooley, a senior on the team. “It’s a good way to raise money, and it helps get our name out there.”
Earning money wasn’t the only lesson learned from the evening. The players saw firsthand how difficult it can be to wait on tables, noting the fast pace as a confusing part of the job.
“It’s hard,” said Pancho Meneses, a junior. “You have to write everything down.”
But even if their table-waiting skills weren’t as sharp as their basketball skills, the patrons weren’t docking points ” many of the players’ parents chose E-Town as their dinner spot that night.
Gary Weiss, whose son, Robert, is a player on the team, came in with his family. He said he wouldn’t be tipping the standard 20 percent.
“I’m tipping 100 percent ” they did a great job,” he said.
E-Town has hosted several sports teams from Battle Mountain High School for similar fundraisers. Kevin Egan, the restaurant’s co-owner, said one of their original objectives was to be involved in the community, especially with youth sports programs.
“We just want to help any way we can,” he said.
To donate to the Battle Mountain High School varsity basketball team, or any other sports team at the school, visit huskyteams.com.