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.