Get ready to party with the Huntington Booster Club. The organization’s annual gala is set for Thursday, October 28 at the Head of the Bay Club in Huntington from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
The organization will honor Paul McDermott, a 1980 Blue Devil alum who while serving as the high school boys’ lacrosse team’s head coach led the squad to three consecutive county championships and a pair of state titles.
The Huntington Booster Club has funded a variety of projects at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School and awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in athletic team grants submitted by coaches. The group has also presented thousands of dollars in scholarships annually to graduating seniors.
Tickets for the dinner are available for $150. Reservations can be made: Online at www.huntingtonboosterclub.com; via Venmo @Huntington Booster Club (please include event, guest list and sponsorships in the Venmo Note section) or via US Mail by sending either a check payable to Huntington Booster Club or credit card information to Huntington Booster Club, PO Box 2294, Huntington, NY 11743.
The evening will include an extensive cocktail hour with a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres followed by an extravagant buffet dinner and mouthwatering dessert hour.
An wide assortment of raffles provided by sponsors, local businesses and Blue Devil sports teams will capture the attention of those attending the dinner.
The evening will feature a presentation in honor of Mr. McDermott and remarks by him. About 150 tickets have already been sold for the dinner. The crowd will include Huntington alumni, current and former coaches and teachers and district administrators and trustees.
Sponsorships are available for those who wish to support the group in a special way. These sponsorships include: Dinner sponsor: $5,000; Cocktail hour sponsor: $2,500; Table centerpiece sponsor: $500.
Mr. McDermott garnered varsity letters in lacrosse and football while attending Huntington High School. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at CW Post College and Stony Brook University, respectively. He is currently employed as a math teacher in the Half Hollow Hills CSD.
The Huntington grad coached at his alma mater from 1986 through 2014. His overall varsity coaching record is 304-148 with numerous championships, including three county and two state crowns.
Mr. McDermott coached Huntington’s freshman team in 1986 and then was the JV team’s coach in the 1987 and 1988 seasons before serving as assistant varsity coach in 1989 and 1990. He was the Blue Devil varsity head coach for 24 years.