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Arlington wins Stilly Puff Cup | SLIDESHOW
ARLINGTON — Dozens of football moms suited up on Saturday, July 28, to battle it out for the second annual Stilly Puff Cup, a Powder Puff football game aimed at raising money for youth athletics.
For the second year in a row, Arlington Eagle Moms and Stanwood Spartan Moms played a tough game as a fundraiser for youth football leagues in their areas — the Arlington Youth Football Association and Stanwood-Camano Youth Football.
“All of our funds raised go to scholarships for kids who can’t afford to play,” said Michelle Williams, an organizer for the Eagle Moms. “Last year we had 22 player scholarships.” Last year, the Eagle Moms raised more than $6,000 in the Stilly Puff Cup game. “This year they are aiming for $10,000,” said Karen Allen, event organizer.
The total amount of money raised wasn’t tallied up by press time, according to Jaime Stupey, team captain. “We don’t have all the totals yet, but we had about the same amount of attendance as last year as the gate money was about the same,” she said.
The stands were packed on the Arlington side, with players’ families, friends and locals looking for some Saturday night family fun. Tickets cost $5 per person or $10 for a family. Other sources of fundraising came from concession sales, raffles, a silent auction, family fun day and donations.
“Family fun day was new this year, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.,” said Williams. “All that money goes to the AYFA.”
The Powder Puff teams also sold advertisements in a program, which was handed out to each person at the gate.
Football fun wasn’t the only thing the crowd had to look forward to at the game. Several “cheer dads” dressed in short shorts, tall socks, wigs and pompoms to show their support for moms. “My husband is over there with a pink wig on,” laughed Williams before the game.
Kickoff was at 7 p.m. and the teams battled for three hours and 15 minutes, with Arlington winning 8-0 in quadruple overtime.
“I’m excited to have our community band together and raise money for kids who can’t afford to play,” said Cathy Binder, chair of the Eagle Mom Powder Puffs. “These kids will learn to contribute to their society and give back into their community.”
“It was a crazy game,” said Stupey. “Both teams certainly came to play. It was a battle of the defenses, there was no offense that night. It was very successful, we raised thousands and thousands of dollars.”
Stupey also expressed gratitude to local businesses, residents and the Stanwood Spartan Moms for helping to make the event a success. “It’s becoming such a huge show of community support,” said Stupey, who noted that almost 50 local businesses donated items for raffles and auctions. “There was a huge amount of work and dedication by all the players. It was just amazing.”
Both teams will battle it out for the Stilly Puff Cup next year. “This has been by far the biggest show of support,” said Stupey. “Hopefully, it’ll just keep getting bigger.”