MEDINA TWP. — Mike Meadows isn’t asking for much from the “Turkey Bowl” charity football game he has hosted in his backyard for more than 20 years.
“The goal is to raise a dollar more than last year,” he said.
Of course, the goal looks a little more daunting when that buck is added to last year’s total.
“Who could ever have imagined that new number would be $126,001?” he said.
To achieve that goal, Meadows said the 48 volunteer players will have to average about $2,625 each in donations.
“This year players need to bring in a minimum of $1,000 to play in the game,” he said. “Not one penny has to come out of their pocket but they need that money to participate.
“Players need to evangelize their participation to family, friends and co-workers.”
Meadows stressed that “every dollar donated” will be passed on to the Saint Vincent DePaul Society “to help the neediest of needy in our area.”
“Not one penny goes to cover the cost of the event,” he said. “We want to reach out this year to the working poor.
“These are the people that don’t necessarily want our help, but need our help.”
While this is the 24th year the game has been played, the event only became a fundraiser eight years ago.
Meadows said reaching this year’s goal would bring the total amount raised over the years to more than $500,000.
Meadows said there’s a fierce competition among the players to raise the most money and earn the right to have the traveling trophy — the Heavy Hitter Award.
Meadows said that for the past two years that award has gone to Bill Biegel, of Medina, for raising a total of $35,000.
“In fact, we have officially changed the name of the award to the Bill Biegel Heavy Hitter Award,” Meadows said.
The 24th annual Meadows Turkey Bowl festivities start at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving eve at Shale Creek Country Club.
The game will be played at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at Meadows’ home at 3075 Hood Road.
In addition to the players, the event has the backing of many area businesses.
“Ben Cavey and Granite Golf are the new golf partners of this year’s event.” Meadows said. “They have graciously donated their facilities to host our draft night at Shale Creek this year as well as to offer up the foursomes of golf at their three clubs for those that donate $250 or more.
Meadows rattled off a list of other premiums:
• Those who donate $250 or more receive a foursome at any of Granite Golf’s three courses in the area plus a $25 gift certificate to Delmonico Steakhouse.
• A $500 or more donation receives four tickets to one of two Cavs games.
• The first 10 donors of $1,000 or more will get an additional foursome of golf at Westfield Country Club.
For more information, go to www.meadowsturkeybowl.com.
Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.