Jerry Moczygemba and his family had their home and most of their possessions destroyed in a fire this past February. Upon hearing of the tragedy and the difficulties the Moczygemba family were going through, Falls City ISD Athletic Director Steve Marbach issued a challenge and encouragement to the student-athletes to raise money for the Moczygemba family in their time of great need.
“I think it’s important for our athletes to know how much of a difference they make to the community through representing Falls City in athletic competitions,” said Marbach. “We stress that our community pride is displayed through our schools in athletics, band, ag, academic contests, etc. Our kids get that. They understand how important they are and what a difference they make through their competitive performances. This just struck me as an opportunity to make an impact of a different kind.”
Marbach asked Beaver and Beaverette athletes to go out and get money pledges for per-free-throw made out of ten basketball shots, or per-pound-lifted in one max on the bench press. Straight donations were also happily taken from anyone who wasn’t interested in the per-free-throw or per-pound-lifted ideas.
“I told the athletes that if each of our athletes raised at least $10, then we could raise over $1200 for this family to help them out,” said Marbach.
Over 100 athletes participated in the fundraiser that took place in the last week of February through the first weeks of March. With the athletic hustle, excellence, and determination that has come to permanently define the Beaver Nation, the athletes ended up raising an amazing $11,614 for the Moczygemba family, completely obliterating and surpassing the original goal of $1,200.
On April 1, the generous donation check from Falls City Athletics was presented to Jerry Moczygemba and his family.
“Obviously, the kids and the donating community took it to a whole different level, raising almost ten times that amount that I had set as a minimum goal,” said Marbach. “I am very proud of the effort our kids put in going out and doing this to help a community family that almost none of them actually know personally, and I am extremely impressed by the generosity of the community in support of this cause.”