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MAF Selling 50/50 Tickets to Benefit MRC Fields

Winner will receive $100,000 if all tickets are sold.

The Madison Athletic Foundation is currently selling tickets to its first 50/50 raffle. The foundation will be selling up to 2,000 tickets at $100 per ticket with the winner receiving $100,000 if all of the tickets are sold. If all of the tickets are not sold, the winner will still win 50 percent of the total sale.

The drawing will take place on April 14 at the Madison Recreation Center turf fields off Ridgedale Avenue. All net proceeds from the raffle will benefit the recently completed MRC synthetic turf fields project.

Raffle tickets can be purchased through at www.madisonathleticfoundation.org via a downloadable order form. Mail-in instructions are on the form. Several Madison merchants are also selling tickets, including , , , , and Main Street Submarines. Members of the MAF and leaders of many local sports booster clubs are also selling tickets. For more information, to purchase tickets or to become a ticket seller, contact Marty Horn at 973-886-1305.

The MAF, founded in 2006, is a fundraising and support organization with a mission to help improve and enhance the recreation/sports experience for all ages of Madison residents. The MAF’s first project was the successful installation of the multi-use synthetic turf field at Madison High School (Ted Monica Stadium at Twombly Field). Recently, the MAF has partnered with the Borough of Madison to raise $3.5 million to help pay for the multi-use synthetic turf field complex at the new Madison Recreation Center by executing a fundraising plan, including but not limited to, community fundraisers, corporate and private donations/sponsorships, user fees and field rentals. The MAF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

KeepItReal February 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I'd really like to see some full disclosure of status the fundraising campaign. Why hide the facts?
John Zimmerman February 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Why not volunteer, Mr KeepItReal? I bet the MAF would welcome the help. Or are you just one of the field-haters that look for ANY potential chance to muddy the waters around this project?
MadInNJ February 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Irony - Complaining about "full disclosure," "hid(ing) the facts", while lurking behind a fake name AND calling yourself "KeepItREAL!" Really?!
KeepItReal February 24, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Mad - you have no moral ground from which to criticize me having a "fake name" yourself. Further, I'm not sitting on a mult-million dollar bond that will become the responsibility of the taxpayer if sufficient funds aren't raised to pay it off. It's time to demand accountability from this quasi-governmental organization.
KeepItReal February 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Read the comments on this Patch article: http://madison.patch.com/articles/chairman-of-athletic-foundation-explains-fundraising to find out why MAF won't be receiving my help or money (beyond compulsory "use fees") until there is more openness and accountability in their approach: I objected then to the manner in which Marty Horn used the MAF to bolster the campaigns of the Republican candidates for mayor and council and to attack the Democratic mayoral candidate. Nothing has been said or done since then to change my mind. Based on their behavior, I surmise that the MAF is simply an instrument of the Republican party and the money they raise will be diverted toward their next campaign! The MAF has every opportunity to change my mind on the matter, but I doubt they will.
MadInNJ February 24, 2012 at 04:15 PM
And now we move on to . . . Conspiracy! P.S. Using a pseudonym isn't immoral, but using one whilst complaining about a lack of "transparency" is ironic and hypocritical. P.P.S. Since you seem to be a Democrat Party apparatchik you could always have the mayor or Mrs. Vitale press your case. They did get a lot of mileage last fall running against the fields project, and it looks like the Dem plan for 2012 is to double-down on that strategy. P.P.P.S. It is very difficult to change a closed mind.
KeepItReal February 24, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Transparency leaves no r oom for conspiracy theories. Your move, MAF. Complaining about me using a pseudonym, while you are doing the same is hypocritical. Welcome to the club! I am just an individual stating his opinion, hardly an "apparatchik". It's much more appropriate to apply that term to someone who (ab)used their position as MAF President to attack a candidate for political office, no? As to the rest of your PPS statement, I say "meh" - same old unfounded hyperbole. I mean, really, the "Dem plan for 2012 is to double-down"? How about some facts? And I suppose we are in agreement about inability to change closed minds, that's why there has been no visible change on behalf of the MAF. They're still flying under the radar, accountable to no one.
Slip February 24, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Was there yesterday. Was good to see the fields getting some use, though still some work to do. Couple questions.... What is the current target date for completion? Also, will there be any stands?. It's hard to imagine any big time $ events (county tournaments etc.) without ample seating. Also would seem limiting if HS could not have a Friday night games under the lights
MadLaxDad February 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Stands will eventually be built. Room was left for installation in the future. The fields are complete but awaiting a certification letter from an engineering firm that I believe is needed for warranty purposes. I know spring practices and games are already scheduled for March. Ordinarily outside fields are in use in February! I think everyone should go to: www.madisonathleticfoundation.org to learn more about the fundraising going on.
MadInNJ February 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Ah, so the plan is spread malicious rumors about criminal activity until the MAF meets your demands. As for using a pseudonym, that’s not the issue. It’s when you use one AND complain about other people’s lack of transparency that makes it hypocritical. Regarding the Dems plans - Your posts provide the facts - Trash the MAF and the Republicans, publish libelous comments about potential crimes, etc. Res Ipsa Loquitur
MadInNJ February 24, 2012 at 09:57 PM
And the strategy has the added benefit of distracting people from the real question they should be asking – Why did Democratic councils through the past decade borrow millions of dollars to purchase tainted land (both BE and MRC fields have environmental issues that still need to be remediated) yet not set aside a penny to develop the active recreation fields they promised the community?? Where’s the outrage about that Mr. KeepingItSURreal? Absent the MAF, all we’d have are more useless grass field to mow. Finally, how is voicing one’s opinion on an important topic “abusing their position?” Last time I checked, the First Amendment applied to heads of organizations too. You may not be happy with Mr. Horn’s POV, but that’s just life in a Democracy.
John Zimmerman February 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Yup, you are a fieldhater Mr KeepItReal. Why not attend the council meeting this Monday and ask your questions to the council? Demand an accounting, or whatever you desire. I agree with MadLaxDad, go to the website and see if that answers your questions. If not, demand action from the Mayor and/or Council. Of course you would have to do that in public (demand action from the Mayor etc) - aye there's the rub. And then everyone would know who you are - truly the curse of self aggrandizing, self important superheroes everywhere. Would you need approval from the Madison Democratic Committee to do that?
Slip February 25, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Thanks for the info... Fields looked impressive. But would think they would at least need to pave the parking lot before the declare it open for use. Not sure what type of activities/events they plan to attract for user fees. But would seem to me that not having stands would exclude any such events that would tend to draw spectators. If that was ever the intent.
KeepItReal February 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Marty was wrong to use the MAF as a bully pulpit (how'd that work out for ya?) and the MAF is wrong not to be more transparent about their progress toward meeting its debt service. You can keep up with the diversionary tactics, but none of you MAF apologists has been able to refute these arguments.
KeepItReal February 25, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Admit it, John, you have no idea how I feel about the fields. You're making up a story just like the one the poor, persecuted MAF made up about Mayor Conley. You also have no idea that I am a previous donor to the MAF when the turf was put in at Twombly Field. There was none of the same arrogant, partisan maneuvering by the MAF leadership during that project, so I was happy to support it. Sadly, that is not true now. So, you'll get my use fees because I have no choice about that, but that's where my support will end unless there is a change for the better. And I'll work in the background for that change, as I'm not the superhero type.
John Zimmerman February 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Don't sell yourself short, mate - superheroes usually mask their identities, don't they? I hope to see you Monday night, demanding accountability.
KeepItReal February 25, 2012 at 08:33 PM
We're not "mates" and thanks to your personal attacks we never will be.
John Zimmerman February 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Yes, you are correct Mr KeepItReal. It is very hard to befriend a pseudonym.
MadLaxDad February 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It's too cold to pave. As soon as it warms up I will get done.
MadInNJ February 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Mr. Horn didn't use the MAF as his "Bully Pulpit." He simply stated the facts, unlike the mayor, who claimed in a letter to the Patch last Fall that, "A quick computation shows that the interest on the $3.4 million is just about equal [to] the cost of the electric subsidy for the Library that the Republican majority wants to eliminate and is also several times what is required to complete the current asbestos remediation project at the library, funding for which was recently authorized by the Borough Council but which has been the source of recent heated debate between library supporters in the community and Republicans on the Council," except that the borough isn't paying or even budgeting money to cover the debt service for the fields, since the user fees are currently covering MORE than the annual debt service, and the MAF is raising funds to ensure that taxpayers never have to cover any of the principal or debt. The Dems have run a shameful "us against them" campaign pitting the supporters of the Library against the supporters of the Turf, when in reality the Dems fiscal irresponsibility left us with a seriously declining surplus, budgets that spent more than the revenues coming in, and 50 expensive acres of property, yet no plan to add the turf fields they promised.
MadLaxDad February 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
KeepitReal. Please elaborate on what was made up about Mayor Conley? As areas I read nothing. The current Mayor chose to vote against the MRC, offered no alternative plan and has declined to help with fundraising. Mr Horn was thorough and factual in rebutting the numerous misstatements and accusations made in council meetings and through the paper. Please tell me where he was wrong? Unfortunately it was necessary due to the continual opposition based upon wrong information and excessive requirements. It's a good thing people like Mr Horn were there for your kids so that they now have a top notch facility to play on. It also too bad that you no longer support your kids needs.
MadInNJ February 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Just another case of false advertising, Mr. "Real" is anything but.
Slip February 27, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I don't have a horse in this um, discussion. You can't not like the fields. It really is quite a layout. And in addition to the fields themselves, you can see how scenic it will be come Spring. Sincere gratitude to those who put in I'm sure countless hours of their own time to make it happen for the benefit of all of our kids. That said, did the town need something so elaborate given the economic climate? At a minimum it was certainly worthy of a debate at one point. You can certainly understand opposing opinions on capital investments of this size. But the fields are here. And one way or another they will need to be paid for. Being for or against them being installed is irrelevant. However, what's interesting is the chronolgy of events and the fact that at one point everyone here was in agreement. KIR is true to his word. If you go back a year ago, he was a supporter of the MAF and these fields. He turned when the MAF lashed out against Conely (right or wrong, again I have no horse) in response to his comments. Now whether u like Conely or not, it's understandable why KIR as an ally of Conely took exception. It moreso became a choice of defending (I'm assuming a friend) vs supporting the cause of those who were critisizing him. And from there it's taken the course its taken. Enough senseless ramble. I clearly have too much time on my hands and I'm sure this goes far deeper. But just in case, it's always better to know what your debating.
MadLaxDad February 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Slip Understand a few things. The field situation in town has been bad for several years and was bordering on critical. The field at Bayley is contaminated has insufficient parking, no fixed bathrooms or amenities and was in such disrepair that a girls lax game as actually canceled by the official upon walking out on the field and seeing the condition. Green Village Road school is on the verge of being sold and along with it the field used by soccer and girls softball even further reducing the number of fields in town. The fields behind Central Ave school also had to be closed down because it was found that there was glass and other debris in the soil. Combine this with the fact the population of kids in town is increasing and you could easily see where this was all heading. The economic environment has certainly not been good but with interest rates at historic lows and the ability for the MAF to access capital at very cheap levels it actually reduced the cost of the project significantly. Yes the fundraising has to be successful and will require much more work but by doing the project now we addressed an immediate critical need at a lower cost. I think where much of the frustration lies is that this process started so long ago and was delayed by bureaucratic procedure.
MadLaxDad February 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The proponents of the plan saw this as a referendum on the towns priorities, right or wrong. The kids of Madison had been placed in line behind many projects for years and were always told "this is more pressing" or "we can't afford this right now" all the while the situation got worse. Mayor Holden was elected in no small part because of her support of the fields as was Councilman Links and Catalenello. Mayor Conley is a reasonable person who was consistent in voicing his concerns, but he also offered no solution to the problem at hand. I think this led to much frustration and political rhetoric all the while nothing got done. The project and the people in favor of it were under constant attack (some personal too) from those in opposition, its only natural those people saw the need to fight back. Heck the overages on the Hartley Dodge refurbishment and the Fire/Police building were more than the cost of the fields. Perhaps if more care was taken on those projects we wouldn't be having these debates. The fields will contribute to everyone in town even those who never use it. The Madison real estate market has held up well and part of that is because young families still view this as a desirable place to raise kids. This complex addressed a critical problem that threatened that view.
Lisa Ellis February 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
FYI, the glass issue at CAS was fully remediated and a good portion of the field replaced, reseeded, etc. It will reopen this spring. This field however is still less than ideal for organized sports.
Slip February 27, 2012 at 06:19 PM
MLD, Thanks for the feedback. Just to clarify, I'm in favor of having the fields. I'll buy a raffle ticket and be glad to support them anyway I can. Though objectively speaking theres a number of competing priorities and I could see where not everyone would feel the same. On a side note, the one point you did bring up that I would like to touch on is the contamination at BE. I've heard some mention of that but never any specifics. If anyone knows more it would be helpful to know what that contamination is and why we have continued to have kids play on those fields But my original convulted point was there is probably more common ground then not on this topic. The debate seemed to be based more on principals and process than the fields themselves. Which is fine. I'm not judging anyone's right to have that debate. In either case looking forward to the Spring season.
Samuel Triolo July 29, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I'm not a 'field-hater.' However, turf fields have been proven to be environmentally harmful. A simple google search will provide you with examples. Also, given that a republican banner displayed while walking on to the further field, it is hard to claim there is nothing fishy going on. To conclude, I think it is safe to say there are realistic concerns to be had in regards to the project and am disappointed to see the childish treatment KeepItReal has received for raising these concerns. Fields are a good thing but what ever happened to old fashioned grass? Particularly used for soccer, which is a whole different game when played on an artificial surface.

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