Nearly $23,000 raised in Gold Out Game

Representatives of both Athens Area School District and Canton Area School District joined with organizers of the Gold Out Game Wednesday for a check presentation and to announce that $22,850.58 was raised for the families of Seeley Carlin and Ariah Cooke through the event via donations, merchandise sales, and a penny war held between the districts. An announcement was also made that the Gold Out Game may become an annual tradition for Athens, but no details were provided at this time. Representatives were informed that the Bradford County Dairy Promotion Board will be donating ice cream to all students and employees of both Canton and Athens school districts. Originally, an ice cream party was promised as a reward to the district who won the penny war competition. Pictured are Hope Thompson, Gold Out Game co-organizer Tracey Weldy, cancer survivor Cora Weldy, cancer survivor Timmy Ward, Bradford County Dairy Princess McKenzie Slater, Athens Superintendent Craig Stage and Athens Varsity Football Coach Jack Young. Missing from the photo are co-organizer Michelle Ward and Blair Wayman, Chair of Athen's Public Relations Committee.