Folsom High School parents rally to raise funds

Bulldog Bash was Friday night
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Friday night’s bash was put on Bulldog style, thanks to Folsom High School boosters and local businesses. Presented as a fundraiser for the academic programs at the high school, the Bulldog Bash featured live music, dinner, a silent and live auction, a performance by the school’s drama department and a game pitting City Councilwoman Kerri Howell against Fire Chief Dan Haverty. “I’m here because they asked me,” Howell said. “I’m thrilled to be involved. I’m even willing to suffer whatever punishment they have in store for me (with the game).” Haverty said he was fearful of the outcome. “A firefighter against an engineer? And a smart engineer at that? I don’t have a chance,” he said. And he was right. Howell answered more questions correctly in “Are You Smarter Than a Ninth Grader?” After losing, Haverty turned to the audience and said, “I am definitely not smarter than a ninth grader.” Howell said it was a lovely event and she was happy to help raise money for the school. Kelly Burkhead, of Folsom, has a son and daughter enrolled in the school. “I think it’s great,” Burkhead said. “I’m also an employee at the district so I see the other side of things, too.” For Toby Magarian, who has a son attending Folsom High and a daughter attending Vista del Lago, the evening was about the community coming together to pitch in and help during a time of need. “This is my first time here,” he said. “I think it’s important that parents help the district with the budget (problems).” Folsom resident Debbie Bartel said it would be sad to see the elimination of freshman sports if the district chooses to go that route to balance their budget. “I think having a vibrant sports program at the school really rounds out the students,” she said. “I’m very supportive of what we can do to get funds that aren’t otherwise available. I’m willing to kick in additional funds to help the school.” Howell said it was a shame that more people didn’t turn out for the event, but she understood the reason. “They are probably all over at the big game tonight,” she said. The Bulldogs varsity basketball team had a playoff game the same night. Master of ceremonies J.D. Maher acknowledged the game at one point, announcing the early fourth quarter score. “I have an update on the big basketball game,” he said. “It’s six minutes into the fourth quarter and the score is 64 to 34. Of course, the Bulldogs are in the lead.” The room erupted into applause. The final score was 80 to 41 over Armijo, with the Bulldogs advancing. See the Sports section on Wednesday for more details. Maher is a Fox TV news meteorologist as well as a fifth grade teacher. The fundraiser was sponsored by Schools Financial Credit Union, Best Buy, R&G Associates, Mark Coverdale Photography, Ironstone Vineyards, Lockdown Brewery, Fast Signs, Ferrari Color and Winco. Don Chaddock may be reached at