Annual craft fair raises money for Dallas soccer team

First Posted: 9/29/2014

DALLAS — The Dallas High School Boys Soccer Team Booster Club held its annual fall craft show on Sept. 28 at the high school with more than 35 vendors displaying a wide variety of crafts.

For more than 15 years, parents from the booster club have worked together at this autumn event to support the team. About 200 shoppers came to the event, looking for deals on unique handmade crafts and to enjoy food and refreshments.

Sandy Michalisin, of Shavertown and president of the booster club, said the event provides necessary funds to help the team purchase uniforms, schedule a banquet to celebrate the season, pay for an annual alumni game and provide funds for whatever other team requirements arise.

“Anything they need, we’re trying to get,” Michalisin said.

Thirty-seven parents in the booster club participate in the planning, setup and operation of the craft show, she said.

“Everyone does a great job putting on the event,” Michalisin said.

She also lauded members of the boys soccer team who assist the boosters.

“The team helps with the set up and the clean up afterward,” she said.

The vendors showcased a wide array of crafts. They sold jewelry, arts, specialty textile products and other items. Many of them have worked with the boosters in the past and have been great to work with, Michalisin said.

The booster club members prepared and served their best fare, including fresh meatballs, haluski, chili, soups and other delectable local ethnic favorites. A tempting display of homemade baked goods and refreshments was available for those needing to satisfy their cravings for sweets.

Michalisin said the summer-like weather and the car show sponsored by the Economics Club that also took place at the same time at the school helped with the event’s draw.

The show is primarily a fundraiser, Michalisin emphasized, which serves as a way to help the team enjoy a competitive season and also share the camaraderie and support of their parents and fans, she said.

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