Waynefield-Goshen Schools students’ biggest fan’s legacy will live on, first with a fundraiser and then as an annual scholarship in her name.
The Deb Boday Memorial fundraiser is planned for 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Waynesfield-Goshen School auditeria. All the money raised is to benefit the school’s band and choir trip to New York City in the spring.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with a quarter auction beginning at 3 p.m. Children’s games, a cake wheel, minihorse program, and a craft show featuring both local and more distant vendors are to take place throughout the afternoon.
A raffle is to have drawings every 30 minutes. For tickets call Vicki Zimmerman at 419-371-3845.
Chicken dinner tickets will be presold with only a limited number available the day of the event.
For tickets call Chris Boday at 419-371-3990.
“Myself, my dad, Jim, and my brother, Chris, decided to pursue the idea of a scholarship as my mom was W-G,” said Jeremy Boday, who is chairing the fundraiser.
As a bus driver for 26 years for the district, Deb Boday drove students to all sorts of events and no matter where she was or what she was watching, she would always be in the crowd cheering the students on and providing her support.
“Most bus drivers would sit in their buses and wait for the games to be over, but she always went into the game and watched,” Jeremy Boday said of his mother.
He said she would always be in the middle of everything, cheering, keeping score or anything else she could do to help out.
“My mom was the heart of the kids and they were always her first thought behind her family as she considered them all her kids,” Jeremy Boday said.
He said even beyond the fundraiser, which she had suggested prior to her death, an annual scholarship is a way to continue his mother’s legacy year after year and help the students she loved.
Fundraiser co-chair Kerri Motter said its goal is to help defray the costs for approximately 45 students who are going on the New York City choir trip, which is planned at the school every four years.
Motter said sitting with Deb Boday the day before she died this fall, they started talking about plans for the fundraiser.
“She said let’s do something to help out,” Motter said. “That was 3 p.m. Sunday when we were talking about figuring out the details the next week. By 12:45 a.m. Monday, she was gone.”
In talking to her family after Deb Boday’s death, Motter said it was still something important for them to pursue as she had talked about it to them on the car ride home from the game.
Deb Boday had been actively involved in helping youth and the community as a 4-H adviser and a member of the Waynesfield-Goshen Athletic Boosters and New Hampshire Baseball Association. In the past, she served several years as co-chair of Relay for Life and for a fundraiser for a local youth, Zach Tate.
To date, more than $2,000 has been donated to help fund the students’ trip to New York in memory of Deb Boday.
“We’re hoping for a large turnout, in memory of her and to support the students,” Motter said.