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Mansfield Senior, Madison to square off in first Richland County Children Services Spaghetti Bowl

July 31, 2014

(Pictured, from left are Madison football coach Sean Conway; Madison Athletic Director Doug Rickert; Kelley VanGilder, Noah Fraley, Greg Kahl and Patty Harrelson, all from Richland County Children Services; United Way of Richland County Executive Director Dan Varn; and Mansfield Senior Athletic Director Skip Fulton.

The first “Richland County Children Services Spaghetti Bowl” is personal for Madison football coach Sean Conway.

During a recent morning press conference to announce a new charity fundraiser planned for the week of the annual Madison-Mansfield rivalry game, Conway made it clear he was happy to be involved.

“This event combines the two greatest loves of my life,” Conway said, “Madison Ram football and adoption. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved.”

His comments came as Richland County Children Services, Mansfield Senior High School and Madison Comprehensive High announced the first “Richland County Children Services Spaghetti Bowl,” a pasta dinner open to the public during the week of the annual clash between the cross-town rivals.

The dinner will be Oct. 27, at Mansfield Senior High School’s cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Richland County and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The game will be Oct. 31 at the new Ram Field at StarTek Stadium on the new artificial surface. It’s the last regular-season game of the 2014 campaign.

Doors to the dinner will open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $7 in advance and at the door. Children 6 and under may attend for free. Event/game t-shirts will also be sold by the two schools.

On the field after the game, a “Spaghetti Bowl” championship trophy will be presented to the winning team, along with checks for the charities, both of whom were chosen by the schools.

Mansfield Senior selected the United Way of Richland County and Madison picked the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The winning team’s charity will receive a check worth 75 percent of the dinner/t-shirt proceeds. The losing team’s charity will receive a check worth 25 percent of the proceeds.

Conway and his wife have adopted three children, ages 5, 2 and 1.

“Adoption is very special to my heart,” he said. “My wife and I had tried to have children and it wasn’t working. It was a tough time. You can imagine the emotions when it looked like I was never going to be a father and my wife was never going to be a mother.

“Through the miracle of adoption, we now have three beautiful children. We view this as an opportunity to highlight the best rivalry in this part of Ohio and to help a great cause,” Conway said. “We would like to thank Richland County Children Services for contacting us about this.”

Mansfield Senior Athletic Director Skip Fulton said the Tygers-Rams rivalry is a natural for this event.

“What a great opportunity to highlight the game and also take a look at what our students are doing off the field,” he said. “The United Way is a perfect charity for us since the agencies it supports connect to many of our students on a personal level.”

RCCS Executive Director Patty Harrelson thanked agency employees Noah Fraley, Greg Kahl and Kelley VanGilder for bringing the idea to fruition.

“Noah had this crazy idea and all I had to do was tell them to run with it,” Harrelson said. “As an agency, we don’t get anything out of this except to watch two great football teams and do something nice for charities.

“We have the dinner on Monday night, the annual Halloween parade on Tuesday and the football game on Friday night. It will be a fun week for everyone,” she said.

Dan Varn, the new executive director for the local United Way, said the benefit will help two great causes. “Everyone will be a winner in this regard,” he said. “We look forward to this event and watching how the community steps up to support it.”

Advance tickets will be available at Wendy’s restaurants at 1145 Ashland Road in Madison Township and 1372 Lexington Ave. in Mansfield. Tickets will also be sold in advance at the United Way of Richland County offices at 35 Park St. North.

On the night of the dinner, members of the two teams and coaching staffs will arrive around 7 p.m., depending on their practice schedules. A short program will be held around 7:30 p.m., featuring remarks by the head coaches of the two teams -- Conway of Madison and Chioke Bradley of Mansfield Senior, as well as players who competed in the annual cross-town rivalry over the years.

The dinner is scheduled to conclude between 8 and 8:15 p.m.


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