MUSCATINE, Iowa—Though the Muskie Booster Club’s cake auction has a board game theme this year, the event represents far more than just child’s play. For the past 30 years, the event has united the community in supporting its students in the sweetest way possible.
As Muscatine High School Activities and Athletic Director Tom Ulses put it, “the cake auction is our booster club’s greatest fundraiser of the year, and it’s one of our most successful community events of the year. This year, the cake auction did not disappoint, playing it up to bring in much needed funds to support all of MHS’s sports teams and organizations.
As in years past, individuals, businesses, and supporters for each of the different sports teams baked fabulous cakes, many reminiscent of popular games such as Candy Land, Sorry, Monopoly, and Clue, to sell off at both live and silent auctions during last Friday night’s home double header against the Clinton High School River Kings and Queens. The Boosters also held a 50/50 raffle and auctioned off some generous non-cake donations from area businesses as well.
According to Ulses, the money raised from both auctions will contribute to the Muskie Booster Club’s allocations to each of MHS’s different sports and clubs. At the beginning of the school year, each student organization receives money from the Muskie Booster Club to help fund their activities. From purchasing new uniforms, to updating supplies and equipment, to holding banquets and events, the Booster’s allocation helps students in every MHS activity get the fullest experience possible.
Along with experiencing the thrill of helping student athletics and activities grow and thrive, Ulses enjoyed attending his first ever Muskie Booster Cake Auction. Though Ulses had seen other schools host cake auctions while coaching, he had never attended one on the scale of Muscatine’s. In particular, Ulses enjoyed, “seeing the huge crowd and the excitement going all around those basketball games that night.” After another successful event, Ulses looks forward to playing along with and supporting many future cake auctions during basketball seasons to come.