A howling good time

Halloween dinner-dance raises frunds for Yosemite girls basketball team

Brian WilkinsonNovember 1, 2012 

A variety of guests attended the Howling Moon Costume Ball at the Golden Chain Theatre Oct. 27 including mobsters from the roaring 20s, Dracula, a Viking woman, Boston Red Sox fans, hippies from the 60s, a race car driver, punk rockers, a greasy-faced mechanic, the Red Hatter, a French maid and even a gorilla.

The dinner-dance was attended by more than 100 supporters of the Yosemite High School girls basketball team. It was just one of many events that have been organized to raise funds to send the team, along with the boys varsity team, to a tournament at Disney World in Florida Dec. 26 - Jan. 3.

Other events have included a golf tournament, car wash and bowling tournament put on my team parents and players to help raise funds for the trip.

"The tournament in Florida will give our boys and girls a chance to make a trip they might not be able to make otherwise," said Gary Blate, girls head coach.

The trip, including air fare, accommodations and meals and tournament fees for the five day trip is expected to be about about $1,800 per player.

Sherri Dominici's daughter, Sierra, is a member of the team, and says everyone is looking forward to the trip to Disney World. Sherri helped organize the costume ball and said the trip to Florida is providing a great opportunity for the team and all the parents are happy to do whatever they can to support Gary Blate and the basketball program at Yosemite High.

The 11 members of the girls team dressed as zombies, directing traffic into the Golden Chain parking lot, greeting guests at the door and serving food as guests went through the buffet line.

The zombie team showed their dancing skills as Michael Jackson's famous "Thriller" video played on the theatre's large on stage screen.

During dinner, members of the Golden Chain Theatre performed skits and the Grub Gulch Grannies performed their famous glow-in-the-dark skeleton dance routine.

Boys varsity head coach Steve Lopez and several of his players assisted with parking and the barbecue tri tip dinner.

DJ for the night was Steve Dominici.

"We promise next year's Howling Moon Costume Ball will be bigger and better," Sherri Dominici said.

The girls team, with just one senior, is looking for their 11th consecutive North Sequoia League championship this year.

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