Waxahachie High School and the girls basketball booster club will host its annual banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
This will be the banquet’s second year since a five-year hiatus and before Tiffany Pointer made a concerted effort to bring the highly favored event back to the high school. Pointer has been the Lady Indians basketball booster club president since the beginning of the 2013 season.
“I really don’t know why there wasn’t one (a girls basketball banquet) for that long,” Pointer said. “It’s something the former players wanted to happen, but never had. The current players look forward to at the end of the year, too. It’s more than just them getting dressed up and eating, it’s about showing the hard work and dedication these girls show year round.”
The Lady Indians varsity basketball team finished its season 23-7 overall and 11-5, and in third place in its final year of district 14-5A play.
They also reached the playoffs for the first time in three years and won their first bi-district title since the 2010 season.
Pointer said the support, contributions and donations of businesses like KEBC 1390, Citizen National Bank, Taco Casa, Olive Garden and Applebee’s, and other local mainstays had a big part in the banquet’s revival.
Those businesses, a well as newcomers Stanley Parker and Cody Moore, of Parker & Moore Orthodontics, contributed more than $3,500 collectively to the booster club for the yearly banquet and team building trips like attending sporting events.
Moore, a Waxahachie resident and local dentist, said donating to a cause that positively affects the youth of the city was a no-brainer.
“This is our community and we want to be a part of it,” Moore said. “A lot of our patients have children that play WISD sports and we want them to know our relationship goes much deeper than their visits. They are a part of our family. That aspect is very important to me and Dr. Parker.”
The price of admission, which can be purchased at the door, has been set at $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 years old and younger. All purchases must be made at WHS.
It takes a lot to put a lot of work to put something like this together, but all the planning, organization and extra work is worth it, Pointer said, explaining her motivation behind her efforts to bring the banquet back.
“It’s something that’s important to the girls,” she continued. “It’s also a way for them to say goodbye to friends they’ve had their entire life. These girls work so hard and sacrifice so much most people don’t see and they should be recognized for it. Banquets like these help do that.”
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