WAREHAM – The Wareham High girls’ basketball team faced Apponequet High School Friday night and used funds from the event and the many raffles outside the gym to offset the medical bills for a local woman who recently suffered a stroke.
“Caring for Kerryn,” a coordinated effort including Wareham girls’ basketball, the Dick Melloni Youth Foundation and Eastern Bank, was organized to raise money for the family of Kerryn Semiao, “who suffered a severe stroke on Nov. 29 and faces a long road ahead to recovery,” wrote Vikings coach Dave Brogioli in a program handed out to folks as they came into the game. “(Kerryn) is always there to cheer on all the teams!”
Semiao’s daughter Makayla is an eighth grade dual-enrollment student and son Michael is a fifth grader at Wareham Middle School.
The Dick Melloni Youth Foundation donated a check to cover the costs associated with the game, plus a slew of bikes for families to buy raffle tickets to win, so 100 percent of the funds raised are going to the Semiao family because of the DMYF donation. All of the money raised will be matched by Eastern Bank.
“So whatever we raise here tonight, will be doubled,” said organizer Tricia Brogioli, wife of head coach Dave Brogioli. “We’ve had a lot of people just donating cash tonight as well. My husband is a teacher at the middle school and a lot of the teachers donated as well, some knew they couldn’t make it tonight so they donated and we have that today as well.”
Tricia Brogioli and fellow organizer Jennifer MacKerron said the event received sponsorships from many other local companies and organizations in addition to Eastern Bank. Included in that list are: Covanta SEMASS, Showstoppers, Purchase Street Records, Kaleidoscope, Water Wizz, Santoro’s, Kool Kone, Dunkin Donuts, Lindsey’s, China Chef, Ying Dynasty, Meineke, Bladz, and Gateway Tavern.
Beyond the crowded parking lots and filled seats, and raffle ticket purchases, there were plenty of local individuals who contributed as well. They included Richie Melloni, Scott and Margaurite Houle, the Alpert Family, Teena Miranda and the Wareham High School Booster Club.
Besides the many bikes, raffle tickets were being sold for WHS Vikings merchandise, a three-night cottage stay at Peter’s Pond Resort in Sandwich, a 50-inch Vizio Smart LED/HDTV, a family 4-pack of Red Sox tickets, and a variety of baskets that were donated as well.
The fundraiser game has become a tradition for the Lady Vikings, who ran a fundraiser in 2015 called “Make Room for Molly,” in 2016 “Play for Trey,” and in 2017 “Maddie Strong,” before this one.
“This is a great event,” said Tricia Brogioli, noting that Wareham High School Principal Scott Palladino, Wareham Middle School Principal Peter Steedman, School Committee member Joyce Bacchiochi, and Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood were all in attendance. “The community really came out for it. It’s packed.”
A few hours after the event, when the organizers finished tallying up donations, it was determined that the event raised $6,400, which will be matched by Eastern Bank.