The Celina Quarterback Club, a booster club for Celina ISD student athletes, has raised over $25,000 for district athletic programs and student athletes.

The club garnered the money at its annual auction Oct. 29 at Celina High School. The auction is the club’s largest fundraiser each year.

More than 200 residents attended the event, and many bid on a variety of items including vacation getaways, golf and hunting packages, rifles, wine gifts and autographed sports memorabilia such as a helmet signed by three University of Oklahoma Heisman trophy winners.

“We had a great turnout,” said Brooks Barr, club captain. “The funds really go to what the coaches want for their programs. Some of the items we donate are equipment, and some are just things that they can’t put on their budget or don’t have the money for.”

The club plans to reach out to each of the district’s coaches to determine what equipment and funding they need to better their respective team or program.

Past club donations have paid for volleyball nets at Celina High, new baseball and softball equipment, uniforms and golf bags.

“The Celina Quarterback Club benefits all athletic programs in the district, both boys and girls, middle school and high school,” said Mark Kissinger, chairman of last month’s auction. “This is our absolute biggest event, and it generates about 25 to 30 percent of the general funds for the year.”

Residents have continued donating to the club after the auction, said Kissinger, who estimated around $29,000 will be raised.

“It’s not only the monetary support that we give but just the spirit of support that we give to these programs,” Kissinger said. “I think it’s important for kids to participate in extracurricular activities.

“And if we can provide things from the Quarterback Club that help their participation…I think that creates better leaders and people who are more likely to stay in the area. So it benefits us in Celina for the long run as well.”