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Athletic Booster Club Receives Surprise Donation from Local Business

The sports bar is showing its love for athletics by donating to the Hamilton club.

While the Packers didn't win big at the Superbowl, one Sussex organization took home a hefty donation on the biggest day in football from a local business.

The Hamilton Athletic Booster Club received a surprise donation of $2,000 from Rumors Sports Bar & Grill, the money being a product of a Superbowl raffle. The winner of Rumors' drawing scored a massive 50-inch flat screen television.

Andrea Reese, co-owner of Rumors, said she heard about the booster club while speaking with a restaurant patron, and donating the proceeds of the raffle was a "no-brainer."

"We chose the Hamilton Athletic Booster Club because it is local and we want to support our community as much as possible," Reese said. "Since we're a sports bar, it only makes sense to choose something involving sports. Being able to support our local high school students makes it even better."

Terri Schiedemeyer, the booster club's vice-president, announced the donation during Monday night's meeting. The money Rumors donated will be used to fund the club's "Charging Forward" initiative, a $800,000 donation-based program that will improve various athletic facilities at Hamilton High School.

"Our one high school supports multiple communities, and our athletes perform to the best of their ability every time they step on the athletic field," said the booster club's website. "We believe our facilities should reflect the same passion."

Schiedemeyer said the club is currently working on updating and replacing the outdoor football scoreboard with a new one that will be the first of its kind in Wisconsin. The group is also planning to update the indoor scoreboard with new technology.

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