GREENFIELD — No matter what the craving, Cougar Cuisine has something for everyone, organizers say.
The all-you-can-eat fundraiser is returning for its ninth year at Greenfield-Central High School this weekend and will offer samples from 16 local vendors.
The event, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria, is buffet style, and attendees who purchase a ticket may make as many trips for seconds as they please.
For $12 – $10 if you purchase a ticket in advance – that’s a pretty mouth-watering deal, G-C athletic director Kevin Horrigan said.
“Where else can you get all you can eat for such a small amount of money?” Horrigan said. “You may have been here before, but guess what? We’ve got a couple of new vendors.”
Cougar Cuisine is held in conjunction with a silent auction put on by the senior class.
Last year, the auction and dinner raised $8,000 for student scholarships. The funds are divided between the Greenfield-Central Athletic Booster Club, which organizes the happenings in the cafeteria, and the senior class, which leads the auction.
The booster club, in turn, offers various scholarships for athletes and also uses the funds to offset transportation costs for them. The senior class portion of the proceeds funds three memorial scholarships. The scholarships honor former G-C students Zach Lett, Ben Culver and Todd Lewis.
Lett was a sophomore at G-C when he died in a car crash in February 2003.
Lewis, a 2006 graduate, died the October after graduation after a long battle with cancer.
Culver died in a traffic accident a few days after Lewis, the same day he attended Lewis’ calling. He was a junior at G-C.
Each year, Cougar Cuisine is held the evening of a home boys basketball game in hopes of driving attendance to both events. Attendance usually increases when Greenfield-Central is playing another Hancock County team, Horrigan said.
This year’s game is against Shelbyville.
Cougar Cuisine draws many of the same families every year, but organizers always hope for new faces.
Connie Jo Harris, G-C athletic department administrative assistant, said she sees Cougar Cuisine as a way to contribute to a variety of good causes.
“There’s always something new every year that we don’t have the year before, and it’s a good way to support local businesses right here in our community,” she said. “There’s all kinds of avenues that this helps people out.”
Advance adult tickets may be purchased for $10 at the following locations: the G-C athletic office; Ye Olde Head Shoppe; McCleerey’s Sporting Goods; Chicago’s Pizza.
Children’s tickets (kindergarten through sixth grade) are $6 and may be purchased at the door only.
The following vendors have signed up to bring food to this year’s Cougar Cuisine:
Applebee’s; Chicago’s Pizza; Starbucks; Ponderosa; O’Charley’s; Long John Silver’s; Cracker Barrel; Montana Mike’s; BBQ’N Fools; Dairy Queen; Qdoba Mexican Grill; Jim Dandy; Pepsi; Papa John’s Pizza; Lincoln Square Pancake House; Mozzi’s Pizza