Touchdown Club hosting second Comet Bash Saturday

    The Reed-Custer Touchdown Club will hold its second annual “Comet Bash” to help raise funds for the football program.
    The Comet Bash will be held this Saturday at Jones-eez BBQ in Braidwood from 5 to 9 p.m.
    “It was fantastic last year,” said Amanda Hohenstein, Touchdown Club board member. “Obviously with it being our first year last time we didn’t know what to expect. The community, parents, friends, everbody came out and supported, and we raised quite a bit of money.”
    The yearly event is the Touchdown Club’s one big fundraiser of the year, with the board members selling 150 tickets for admittance.
    Tickets cost $60, entrance for two people, so there is a total of 300 Comet supporters in attendance.
    “This lets us help the program with things they need,” Hohenstein added. “We paid last year for the varsity to go to an overnight camp last summer, and we were able to give out two scholarships to students from the class of 2017.”
    This year, the Comets attended a camp at the University of Dubuque, which the Touchdown Club also plans to pay for.
    “We would also like to continue with the scholarships, and obviously we can’t do that without the help from the community,” Hohenstein added.
    The Comet Bash will run just like a regular cash bash, with drawings for a specific amount of money being held every 10 minutes.
    The person who gets the number at the end of the night will win the biggest cash prize.
    Along with the regular cash drawings, the Touchdown Club will also be holding 50/50 raffles, raffle baskets, a cash wheel, and other drawings to keep the night lively.
    Some of the items that the Touchdown Club have had donated include: A signed Rizzo baseball, Cubs tickets, Sox  tickets, a signed White Sox jersey, as well as custom beanbag boxes.
    Plenty of other objects will be raffled off, along with a mix of different baskets. Some are still being kept secret to add to the excitement on Saturday.
    Along with all the prizes up for grabs, a ticket also gets each person a full dinner, along with complimentary soda and water throughout the night.
    “The $60 includes admittance, enters them into the raffle drawing, and they can purchase more for baskets,” Hohenstein added. “It is a fun night, and it was a lot of fun last year.”
    Tickets are still on sale, but are going quickly, so make sure to snag one up before they are sold out.
    The event is open to people over 21 years old, and tickets can be purchased by contacting a Touchdown Club board member through the facebook group, or by emailing the club at
    All of the money raised will again go towards the Reed-Custer football program, and will help to pay for summer camps and new equipment.
    Attending the event will also help current football fans get to know the other parents, as well as the Jr. Comets program.
    “I have been on the board for three years, and I was part of the original board that started,” Hohenstein said. “I was new in town, and just with the way Touchdown Club has developed over the years, I have met so many people. It is a great way to give back to the kids, and it supports the program outside of what they get from the booster club and school. It is just being able to provide for the extras.”
    If Comet fans are looking to do more with the Touchdown Club than just participate in the Comet Bash, they will also be holding their weekly gatherings throughout the football season.
    Every week they feature players, coaches and guests to talk about the games and how practices are going.
    To learn more about the football season’s gatherings, make sure to join the Touchdown Club on facebook.