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Restaurant Fundraiser to Benefit Somers Cheerleaders

SOMERS, N.Y. - A somewhat unusual fundraiser is scheduled for next month at the Somers 202 Restaurant in Granite Springs.

The restaurant will set aside $5 from every entrée and $1 from every drink ordered during the evening of  Feb. 1 by all of its diners. The money will be donated to the Somers Cheerleading Fund to help cover the team’s travel expenses for a February trip the National Championships in Orlando, FL.

Lynn Carlisto, commissioner of cheerleading, said there are 24 girls on the Somers team. Two are ninth graders and the rest are in seventh and eighth grades.

“They competed in five local events and placed first in all of them. They’ve also won two grand championships. It’s extra special and extraordinary that our little town has gotten to a certain level at this sport,” she said. “Cheerleading has become a worthwhile athletic activity. It’s not just pom-poms and cheering at football games. It requires muscle and strength. They have to pick up girls their own size and throw them in the air. They practice two hours a day at least three times a week.”

Donna Martone, whose daughter Michelle is among the competitors said cheerleading is a true team sport.

“In cheerleading they quickly learn how they must be totally committed because it’s such a team effort,” she said. “If one girl misses a practice, it throws everybody off. There’s a great team feeling, and it’s good for their egos too.”

As an added feature at the fundraiser, stylists from SO.CAP Hair Extensions of Mahopac will be on hand to apply extensions for $10, all of which will be donated to the fund.

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