The Rockport-Fulton Good Samaritans received a surprise $850 donation from 17 year old Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) junior Mikey Dominguez Tuesday, May 12.
Because of the difficult circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic, Dominguez wanted to raise funds for families in need.
“I know during these times people are hurting and I know the food bank is hurting also. I just wanted to shed a little light on the situation,” said Dominguez.
In order to raise the funds, she ultimately decided to raffle off one of her prized possessions, a signed United States Women’s Softball jersey of Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch.
Dominguez received the signed jersey during an Under Armour Softball Factory camp in Houston in January 2020.
She originally wanted to donate the jersey to the Rockport-Fulton Little League, but Dominguez said raffling the jersey off seemed like the better thing to do given the current situation.
“I have a couple friends who are not as fortunate as I am, and I just want to make sure no one goes hungry during this time,” said Dominguez.
Through Facebook, Dominguez publicized her jersey raffle and received three bids for it. Brandon Alleman was the winning bidder at $350. However, because of the intent of the raffle, the two other bidders donated their bid amount to Dominguez to use for the donation. Altogether, the three bids came out to an $850 donation.
Dominguez hand delivered the check to Rockport-Fulton Good Samaritans Chairman Diane Clark Tuesday, May 12 and also got a tour of the food bank.
“I was in shock of her donation because she’s only 17 years old, and that’s unusual,” said Clark.
Clark said the donation is going to be a huge help.
“We’re having a food drive this Monday, May 18 and this money will certainly help out with that and whatever we have left over will help into June,” said Clark.
Because of COVID-19, the Rockport-Fulton Good Samaritans has been limited in operations. However, Clark said they plan to fully re-open again Monday, June 1.