Battle of the Middles breaks record for Farmington area charities

This year’s Farmington Public Schools Battle of the Middles basketball game, held December 14 at Harrison High, raised a record $15,000 for two local charities.

Farmington Area Goodfellows Battle of the Middles
Pictured from left: Superintendent George Heitsch, Alan Maxey of Neighborhood House, Richard Lerner of Goodfellows. organizers Kathy Koperski and Whitney Tyner, Ken Sanders, principal of East Middle School, and Allyson Robinson, principal of Power Middle School. (Farmington Public Schools)

The fundraiser pits the staff of the North – Warner Middle School and Farmington STEAM Academy –against the staff of the South – Power Middle School and East Middle School. In addition to proceeds from admission, toys and nonperishable food items are collected for the Farmington Area Goodfellows holiday drive and Neighborhood House, which provides year-round assistance to locals in need.

Over the past decade, the Battle of the Middles has helped raise more than $92,400 and collected countless canned goods and toys. The Battle Crew includes Kathy Koperski (Warner), Whitney Tyner (East), Bryan Lamble (STEAM), and Michele Laramie (Power).

“Thank you so very, very much again to the event leaders and organizers Kathy Koperski and Whitney Tyner, team leaders Bryan Lamble and Michele Laramie, all the players, and to the countless other teachers, administrators, and staff who gave so much of themselves and their time to make this year’s Battle of the Middles such a great success once again,” said Neighborhood House president Alan Maxey. “This does so much to help those who are in need and make life a little better for them during the holiday period, as well as throughout the year.”