MERCED, CA – S.W.A.G. (Students With Aspiring Goals) held their annual fundraiser this year at their complex located at 1405 W. Main Street in Merced with over 200 people in attendance and at least $15,000 raised in table sponsorships alone. The event not only raises funds to support it’s on-going programs, but most of the funds go to help build scholarship funds for Merced County youth and their academic future beyond sports.
The group is led by Devon Hilliard, a graduate from Atwater High School in 1998, Hilliard launched Students With Aspiring Goals in June of 2013 to help prepare student-athletes for college admission through academics, mentoring and exposure. SWAG helps develop an education plan for each student, with an emphasis on meeting NCAA standards. It also provides tutoring and prep work for the SAT Prep. It also works with UC Merced’s National Society of Black Engineers and Black Student Union.
Guests and contributors were treated to a 6:00 p.m., Social Hour followed by dinner, which was served by Joe Stefani and Company. Many made their way to the silent auction items, which included a Nascar Experience package, a Children’s Complete “Minions” Party, a S.W.A.G. Backyard Bar B Que, a Lake Tahoe Getaway and even two Preseason 49er Game Tickets.
After the festivities including the student honors and raffle announcements, guests let loose on the dance floor enjoying great music delivered by DJ Steve.
Their were many of Merced’s best on hand to honor and celebrate S.W.A.G. Athletes including Brandon Sanchez from Hanford High, Anthony Stewart from Chowchilla High, Alex Gutierrez from Chowchilla High, Gary Niewkoop from Chowchilla High, Noah Torres from Atwater High, Josh Wilson from Atwater High, David Walker from Los Banos High, Adam Herrera from Los Banos High, Brandon McKinney from Merced High, Joe Sheldon from Orestimba High, Michael Lawson from Patterson High, Austin Rees from Stone Ridge Christian High, Carlos Garcia from Pacheco High, Kris Bueno from Madera High, Parker Houston from Reed High, Collin Crown from McQueen High, and Mason Ellis from Minarets High. Congratulations to all the Student Athlete Honorees.
If you would like more information about S.W.A.G. please visit their website at http://www.swagmerco.org/