Vaught's Views: Antiques show to help Mercer football

June 03, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Fund raising has become a necessary part of any successful high school sports program.

With costs rising and the number of sports increasing, schools have had to turn to more and more fund-raising events in recent years to enable teams to have items that once were routinely furnished by the schools.

Go to almost any area high school sports event and a team, or teams, will be doing something to raise money from working in the concession stand to selling raffle tickets to parking cars.

Parents of high school athletes understand what fund raising means to their daughters or sons. That's why in most cases, the parents will do more of the fund raising than the athletes.


Perhaps that's why the different fund-raising idea that Kim Yeast came up with struck me as particularly innovative.

She's having an antique and collectible show and sale Saturday and Sunday at the Mercer Tobacco Warehouse at 334 Marimon Ave. in Harrodsburg that will benefit the Mercer County football team.

"I started a show in Harrodsburg last March and have added a special show this year for the Mercer football team," said Yeast, who runs Mercer Antiques.

Her oldest son will be a freshman this year

Her oldest son, Norris, will be a freshman at Mercer this year. He was quarterback for King Middle School last year and yes, like most of us, she's hoping that success will continue on the high school level.

She also has two other sons, ages 7 and 5, that could likely be future Mercer football players.

"Yes, I have a vested interest in the success of the Mercer football program," Yeast said. "It breaks my heart that he (Norris) is already going to be in high school, but I want to do what I can to help the football program."

You'll likely see Norris Yeast working at the show this weekend along with Yeast's husband, mother, sisters, mother-in-law and any other family member she can bring.

"We try to make this a family affair. Norris works at every antique show for me," she said.

The fund-raising portion of the show, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is not complicated. Yeast's show always has free admission. This weekend any "admission donation" will go to the Mercer football program.

"I just thought this would be the easiest way to do it," Yeast said.

But that won't be the only proceeds going to the Scotties. Yeast has several out-of-state dealers that can't be at Harrodsburg this weekend. She's going to have Mercer football parents - and one grandmother - running those booths.

"The team will get up to 20 percent of the sales. Not a bad deal at all," Yeast said.

No, it's not, and in this day of competitive fund raising, it's a different approach by a parent who knows her fund-raising efforts are only starting.

More Information

For information call Kim Yeast at 859-734-5507 or 859-613-3200 or go to

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