By Chris Dehnel | VernonPatch
A project to employ a mobile concession stand at Rockville High School has received a major financial commitment from the Rockville Bank Foundation.
But it comes with a stipulation.
The foundation’s Grants Committee had pledged $12,000 to the project on a one-third/two-thirds matching agreement, according to a letter from the bank to Michael Purcaro, the school system’s director of business and finance.
That means the high school booster clubs must raise the $24,000 balance. The full $36,000 was requested, but in the letter the foundation said in the current economy, requests far outweigh the funding ability.
Purcaro said this week that it is a generous gift under any circumstances.
Currently, there is a stationary snack shack that is used at the main field at Rockville High School. It can only be used for events at the stadium.
It is estimated that it would cost $30,000 to $40,000 to bring the shack up to modern food service standards, Purcaro said. For the same price, a mobile concession stand can be acquired and used for any sporting event at any field, Purcaro said.
It could also be used at non-school venues – like the annual July in the Sky fireworks celebration – for fund-raising purposes,” Purcaro said.
The mobile concession stand would be equipped with a full commercial kitchen and it could be towed using fleet pickup trucks, Purcaro said.
Several booster clubs have signed onto the project, Purcaro said.
High school representatives will be required to provide the bank with a spreadsheet with contributors’ names and amounts donated.
The stand would feature the Rockville Bank logo, according to the letter.