Gonk Knocks fundraiser at Apex Entertainment in Marlborough a success

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(l to r) Flutie Fellow Mike Palmer, Flutie Foundation executive director Nick Savarese, MassLive.com Red Sox reporter/ARHS graduate Chris Cotillo, event organizer Ken Roberts, 98.5 reporters Joe Murray and Mike “Sarge” Riley, WBZ sports anchor Steve Burton, and ARHS sophomore Andrew Roberts
Photo/Connor S. Thompson/Spectrum Inspired Photography

Marlborough – Approximately 160 people attended the Gonk Knocks Football Night at Apex Entertainment in Marlborough on Nov 25. The event, which was a fundraiser for the Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) Football Boosters and the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, raised around $10,000.  Mike “Sarge” Riley from 98.5 The Sports Hub emceed the event, which included bowling, food, and auction and raffle prizes. Special guest Steve Burton from Boston WBZ-TV made an appearance and passed signed footballs to three lucky raffle winners.

Many local companies sponsored this event including Apex Entertainment, who provided the private party room with eight bowling lanes and several giant video screens on which the Gonk Knocks video series premiered.

Gonk Knocks was conceived by sophomore Andrew Roberts and ARHS football coach Taylor Allen. The series chronicles the football team during training camp. Roberts is also a fellow for the Flutie Foundation, who is helping him pursue his career goal of becoming a sports reporter. Connor S. Thompson, of Spectrum Inspired Photography (who is also a Flutie Fellow) photographed this event. Flutie Fellows work toward career goals, promote inclusion and opportunities for people with autism, and serve as ambassadors for the Foundation.

For more information about the Flutie Foundation visit flutiefoundation.org.

ARHS football booster volunteers Shannon McDonald, Mary Ellen McKenna, and Mary Beth Ryan
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98.5 The Sports Hub Street Team greet guests at the registration desk.
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Boston sports memorabilia auction items
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Flutie Fellow Mike Palmer (2nd from right) poses with Flutie Foundation staff (from left) Elizabeth Moore, Terri Ladka, and Ellen Fitzpatrick
Photo/Connor S. Thompson of Spectrum Inspired Photography

 

(from left) Tom Geoffrion, Terrence Sydney, Lisa Sydney, Chris Ocnos
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ARHS football players (from left, Jason Levin, Collin McDonald, Rio Ferguson, Joe Scangas, Brett Jolley, Troy Montgomery
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Steve Burton passing a signed football to a raffle winner
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Steve Burton posing with signed football raffle winner Amy Walsh
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Tom Geoffrion, Derek Blanchard, Steve Burton, Andrew Roberts, Damien Mitchell, Ralph Gutierrez
Photo/Debra Roberts
Flutie Fellow photographer Connor S. Thompson with WBZ sports anchor Steve Burton
Photo/Lisa Thompson