Proceeds from McGregor’s football game concession stand raise nearly $8,000 for victims’ families

McREGOR, Texas (KWTX) – Proceeds from the concession, along with generous donations from the Friday night football game between McGregor and Troy, which came hours after a tragic shooting left five people dead, including two students from McGregor High School, will go amounted to almost $8,000 for the families of the victims.

One Troy fan even paid over $300 for a Frito pie when he learned the money raised would be donated to the families of Monica Delgado Aviles, 38, and two of her children: Miguel Avila, 15, and 14 years old. Natalie Avila. The proceeds have also helped the families of next door neighbors of the alleged shooter, Lori Aviles, 47, a local respiratory therapist assistant, and her daughter, two-time Miss McGregor, Natalie Aviles, 20.

Fans spared no expense, including the Troy fan who overpaid for the Frito pie. “We even had a guy who bought a single Frito pie and then charged his card another $300,” said Peyton Fisk, president of McGregor Athletic Club Booster.

Proceeds from the McGregor concession stands are usually split between the McGregor Athletic Booster Club and the McGregor Youth Athletes, but the groups have decided to donate the proceeds to devastated families.

“We were approached by McGregor Young Athletes Chairman of the Board, Mr. Joel Chandler, he and his wife are also affiliated with the McGregor Athletic Booster Club, and they wanted to do something really cool for the families who have so lost on Thursday, and their idea was to donate the proceeds from the concession stand at last Friday’s ball game to those families,” Fisk said. “McGregor Athletic Booster Club agreed this should be done.”

When it became known that proceeds from the concession were going to help the families of the victims, Fisk said everyone wanted to help.

Local businesses even called in to anonymously cover the cost of all food and drink sold that night so every penny could be donated.

“After this kind gesture kind of broke free on Facebook, we had businesses come up to us and say ‘whatever you need, we want to help.’ So they donated money and covered the costs of the goods we sold at the concession stands,” Fisk said.

Fisk said McGregor fans donate not just by buying food, but by leaving money in donation jars at the dealership windows. Troy fans did the same after their recall club president told them what was going on.

“He was able to get the message out to the community in Troy about what was going on at the dealerships that night,” Fisk said. “He asked that they not eat before coming to the game.”

$3,440 was given to each family.

The checks were written and deposited Tuesday into their accounts opened at TFNB at McGregor.

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