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Raiders unite to support Mitchell

R.J. Raider with Deveron Davis and a young fan.Nearly 20 Racine Raiders players, staff and board members, along with the team mascot, R.J. Raider, showed up to support a bowling fundraiser held for Mitchell School in Racine on Saturday afternoon. In addition to supplying volunteer manpower, the team donated a retro, game-used, autographed jersey to the silent auction, handed out Racine Raiders trading cards and made a separate donation to help the school recover after a devastating fire destroyed the elementary school gymnasium late last month.

Raiders wide receiver Sam D’Alie won part of the 50/50 raffle and donated his winnings back to Mitchell School. Raiders broadcaster Don Wadewitz agreed to let members of the Racine Harley Owners Group shave his head if the players in attendance could raise at least $100. The players scoured Castle Lanes and raised over $100 in about ten minutes, putting Wadewitz in the barber’s chair.

Racine Raiders broadcaster Don Wadewitz raised over $100 for agreeing to have his head shaved.“I’m a Mitchell alum and actually got my first chance to talk in front of an audience in the gym that was destroyed back in elementary school,” Wadewitz reminisced. “The teachers at Mitchell saw a gift in me at a young age that I wouldn’t realize until adulthood. It’s a small price to pay to try and help.”

The fundraiser was organized by Jennifer Garibay. Garibay used to teach at Mitchell Middle School and her daughter attended Mitchell Elementary School. The two schools are connected so the fire caused headaches and heartaches for two sets of students.

Due to the amount of damage to the elementary school, the students were moved to Wind Point School which had been shutdown prior to this school year. The middle school students returned to Mitchell after a couple of weeks of emergency restoration services.