Posted on October 29, 2013

Mariposa: PG&E Donation Helping Build Bleachers at High School Stadium

MARIPOSA – Mariposa County High School is getting much closer to getting permanent bleachers, thanks to a $10,000 donation from PG&E.

PG&E’s Raj Beasla, Central Valley corporate affairs director, and Richard Dye, a senior government relations representative based in Merced, handed over the oversized check to school officials during half-time at the Grizzly varsity football game on Friday (Oct. 25).

Celebrating the donation, from left: PG&E's Richard Dye, Mariposa High football captain Sebastian Padua, PG&E’s Raj Beasla, schools superintendent Aaron Rosander and co-athletic director Trace DeSandres. (Photo by Kenny Karst.)

The amount was a bit of a surprise as PG&E promised it would donate an amount up to $10,000 based on attendance ($1 per adult admission), the number of touchdowns and sacks ($250 for each) over the school’s last five home games. The school actually earned $9,818, but PG&E added the additional amount to bring the donation up to $10,000.

Mariposa County High School has a relatively new sports stadium – Pioneer Market Grizzly Stadium — that is used for football and other sports. But the school has not had the money to install permanent bleachers and has been leasing temporary bleachers at a significant cost.

Mariposa County Unified Superintendent Aaron Rosander and Mariposa County High co-athletic director Trace DeSandres accepted the donation on behalf of the school. The celebration concluded with a Grizzly spell out at the stadium.

This is not the first time that PG&E has helped out the small school near Yosemite National Park. Two years ago, the company donated money to help send the school’s band to New York City’s Veteran’s Day Parade.

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