continued The varsity team, coached by Joe Brainerd, is made up of Flohr, Stonebarger, Amanda Lauricella, Sam Wolf, Dallas Merola, Ciara Duck, Julia Mumpton, Amari Smith, Ivanna Grynyk, Maggie Conklin, Amelia Baratier and Jamie Bugnacki. Meanwhile, members of the JV team are Karlie King, Mikayla Brown, Kirstie DeMauro, Morgan Bacik, Veronica Sanchez, Mia Latifagic, Katie Boak, Megan Fitzpatrick, Julia Flohr, Jasmine Williams, Nicole Sedlock, Alexis McLaggen, Amra Abadzic and Alicia Pluff.
The JV team is coached by Melanie Stonebarger, who happens to be Meg’s mom. She noted that the blanket project was something close to her daughter’s heart after their experience at Golisano this past spring, though the teams take on some kind of charity project in conjunction with the craft fair annually.
“We try to do something every year for some sort of a fundraiser or charity event, something to give back to the community, and that’s what she wanted to do this year,” Coach Stonebarger said. “I’m hoping that it sticks and they continue to do this year after year after year, because it’s a fun idea. It’s all the girls involved, and it’s giving back to those kids. It’s like I said to her — ‘It’s like you’re wrapping your arms around them. You made that blanket. It’s like you’re giving them a hug with that blanket.’ So hopefully they’ll enjoy it.”
The teams are accepting donations of jersey fabric as well as monetary donations, and the volleyball booster clubs will match any monetary donations received. The teams have also put the word out to the student population to ask for donations. Both the varsity and JV teams will make the blankets, and members of the varsity team will deliver them some time before the holidays.
“I think it’s a little surprising when they get up to the hospital and see all those kids, because even I didn’t realize when I was there with Meg just how hard it really is,” Coach Stonebarger said. “They do everything that they can at Golisano to make their lives as normal as they can, from pizza parties on Fridays to movie nights, they have everything. They have a library there. They’re phenomenal. But it’s still not home. And to be there at the holidays… So I hope they enjoy it.”
The craft fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 2, at the high school.