Hundreds gather for Mustang Feast

Published 8:09 pm Thursday, March 16, 2017

Support for Isabella athletics is high, as evident by the 350 people that filled the school’s gym on March 4 as part of the 22nd Annual Mustang Feast.

“It was a very good crowd,” Isabella athletic director Tate Leonard said. “One of the better ones that we’ve had in a long time. There wasn’t a seat left.”

According to Leonard, Isabella easily surpassed their goal of 330 tickets sold. As a result, the event brought in roughly $10,000.

The money will be used solely for the athletic department and will be directed for future athletic projects.

This past year, the money raised from the Mustang Feast went toward purchasing new weight equipment to be used by all athletes.

Unlike other fundraisers throughout the year that focus on a specific sport, the goal of the Mustang Feast is to raise money to benefit the athletic program as a whole.

It is the largest athletic fundraiser and social event for Isabella and has become a tradition over the years for students, alumni and community members.

This was the first Mustang Feast that Tate Leonard took part in as athletic director.

“I met a lot of people from out of state that came,” Leonard said. “It [gym] was slammed full with people.”

A ticket to the event included an all-you-can-eat steak and seafood bar, as well as sides and deserts to choose from.

Rows of tables lined the floor of the gymnasium, as it was transformed from a volleyball or basketball court to a buffet line.

Isabella athletics has experienced its share of success this year, with the football team finishing 10-2 and winning a game in the postseason, while the girls basketball squad won their region.

History was also made, as the volleyball team broke through and advanced to the Final Four in Class 1A for the first time in school history.