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Blackout game benefits Open Door

Pictured (from left) are Tim Gipe, athletic director, Jack P., Open Door client, Josh B., Open Door client, Renee Roop, Open Door staff, Brandon S., Open Door client, and Tom Sodaro, Sandwich High School principal.
Pictured (from left) are Tim Gipe, athletic director, Jack P., Open Door client, Josh B., Open Door client, Renee Roop, Open Door staff, Brandon S., Open Door client, and Tom Sodaro, Sandwich High School principal.

Clients of Open Door Rehabilitation Center expressed their gratitude to the Sandwich Indian football team and Sandwich High School by presenting staff with a framed thank-you picture.

For the third consecutive year, these organizations have sponsored an event called “Blackout,” where during a home football game, everyone is asked to wear a pre-purchased Blackout T-shirt. All T-shirt proceeds benefit Open Door programs and services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The shirts were designed and printed by Laura Steele of Fritsch Screen Printing.

At the game, Open Door clients were invited to join junior-varsity football players, band members and cheerleaders in forming a tunnel for the varsity football team’s grand entrance onto the field. Additionally, clients were treated to VIP seating with the Sandwich Band in the end zone, and presented with a check for more than $1,500 from T-shirt sales.

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