Borger choirs announce Spud Stuff dinner

The high school choir council has their spatulas and aprons ready for the fundraising dinner
Alex Mann
Managing Editor

The baked potato has been a staple of southern cuisine for generations. The combination of cheese, bacon, sour cream, chili, and potato is one which captivates taste buds across the nation, and for the 28th year, Borger's High School [BHS] choir is aiming to capitalize on that spud love to raise funds for their yearly activities.

“The Choral Arts Departments of Borger Middle School and Borger High School have made sweet music with their annual Spud Stuff Dinner through the years and plan to continue the tradition again this year,” writes BHS Choir Director Johnny Miller, “The choirs will be hosting their 28th Annual Spud Stuff Dinner from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Frank Phillips College Cafeteria. Tickets are $6 in advance and can be purchased from choir members. This ticket includes a potato stuffed with all the trimmings or a frito pie, dessert, and a drink. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $7.”

Funds from the event are critical contributions towards making choir trips, lodging, and competitions possible. The competitions themselves are key accomplishments students can use to apply for colleges and scholarships, while choir trips out of state provide students lifelong memories, experiences, and lessons. “Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward the Borger Choir Booster Club in its efforts to help the BMS and BHS Choral Arts Departments with their various projects.” Miller explains, “Choir members from all the choirs will be working at the dinner, and members from the BHS Choir will be going from table to table providing special music for those in attendance. Come support the Borger Singing Bulldogs!”

According to Miller, the experience of attending the choir fundraiser offers some unique benefits to both volunteers and guests alike. “Working with kids is awesome.” Miller says, “Last year we had high school choir members singing during the supper from table to table.” While the entertainment is great for visitors, choir members themselves are eager to help their program excel, “The motivation factor is that the money the boosters make with this one and only fundraiser each year helps the choral arts department in many varieties of ways. Their motivation is also that if they are going on the New York trip, the boosters, if they have a successful supper, help with meal costs for the trip.”

Because the choir boosters don't often organize fundraisers, the event plays an important role in filling the group's coffers. According to Miller, the community rises to the occasion year after year to support the local choirs. “The event is huge! It is the booster’s only fundraiser each year and proceeds go towards every aspect of the choral arts department.” Miller continues, “Since moving over to the Frank Phillips College cafeteria last year, the work load has greatly diminished. Parents of all choir members used to help in many ways and even though we still need helpers, most needs are having desserts brought by the parents for the dinner.”

The dinner is not only an opportunity for the community to support one of it's most acclaimed high school programs, it's also a chance for students themselves to learn lessons in supporting themselves through hard work and initiative. For those interested in tickets or more information, Johnny Miller, BISD Director of Choral Arts can be reached at 273-1029, ext. 121.