Steve Puterski

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March 8, 2013
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'Battle of the Bench' lifts off

Competition and fun are the main attractions for Grad Nite’s latest fundraiser.

And a few muscles.

Grad Nite volunteers led by 2009 Fallon grad Callie Black lift off with the “Battle of the Bench” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Elmo Dericco Gym at Churchill County High School.

Cost is $10 per individual and registration is currently ongoing at Black said participants can also register at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the gym. Sandwiches, chili, snacks, water and prizes will be provided to participants and winners.

“It’s going really well,” Black said. “It’s for people of all abilities. It’s not about how much weight you can bench. It’s just about supporting our community and our seniors for Grad Nite.”

The fundraiser pits teams against one another in the bench press and Black said she hopes it will provide additional funds for Grad Nite. The competition features teams of four individuals and Black, who competed in volleyball at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., said the event will have its share of competition.

Notices of the event were sent to numerous law enforcement agencies in what Black billed as the “Serve and Protect” competition. She said Major Brian Sanchez, deputy chief of Northern Command of the Nevada Highway Patrol, has organized a team. To sweeten the pot, Sanchez told Black he would shave his head on the spot should the NHP team lose.

“NHP is throwing down the gauntlet for (Fallon) PD and the sheriff’s office,” Black said. “He will shave his head on the spot. It’s getting really competitive.”

Black said about 15 teams have currently registered including several women’s and high school groups. She hopes more high school students, especially seniors, and sports teams take on the event.

“We have different weight choices for people to choose from,” Black said.

Black offered her services to organize the event, which is the same as a breast cancer fundraiser at Holy Cross. The soon-to-be-graduate is spending her spring break in Fallon and will act as the official scorer.

Black’s sister, Molly, is a senior at CCHS and Callie Black said she wants to help provide the senior class with a safe and memorable Grad Nite.

“It takes a lot of money,” Black said. “If the community helps out, we can have a successful Grad Nite. What’s most expensive is the (Grad Nite) prizes.”

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