Quarters Being Collected in Honor of Fallen Manchester Marine
Quarters will be used to honor the memory of a Marine Corporal from Manchester who died in combat in Afghanistan last year. This Saturday, September 22nd Manchester High School Alumni, Friends, Family, youth sports leagues and even the business community will be gathering for the ambitious goal of lining up a mile's worth of quarters along the Manchester High School Track.
It's all a part of 'Nick's Smile of Quarters", a fundraiser named after Marine Corporal Nicholas Ott, who was killed in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2011. Nick graduated from Manchester High School in 2006 and participated in wrestling, track and football. Spokeswoman Annie Sullivan, who's also a 2006 graduate says "He was a three sport athlete. So he spent a lot of time on that track. So it will kind of feel great to be somewhere where's he's been and spent so much of his time."
Sullivan says they decided to call the fundraiser "Nick's Smile of Quarters" because he had such a memorable smile. She says the proceeds will go toward a memorial fund named in his honor (MTEF Corp. Nicolas S. Ott Memorial Fund) that's facilitated through the Manchester Township Education Foundation. She says the proceeds will go toward scholarships and hopefully toward facilities improvements in his name.
The event takes place rain or shine on the High School Football field starting at 9 a.m. She says there will be food, games and gift raffles as well as children's attractions. However, folks who can't attend can still participate. She says $3 worth of quarters equals one foot on the track and she explains that every quarter helps. She says You can donate on line at mtef4kids.org. She says there's also a link on Facebook.