The San Marcos High School booster club will be holding a fundraiser at Rudy’s Automotive tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in hopes of reaching their goal to raise enough funds for a new run-through inflatable.

If all goes well, they’ll reach their $10,000 goal and the Rattlers will be running out of the inflatable tunnel when they start their first full season at San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium in their home opener on August 28 against San Antonio East Central.

11202083_1114213065262527_99998140417143863_nThe boosters have been running fundraisers throughout the summer, and they are very close to their goal, at about $9,600 entering Saturday’s fundraiser.


“The community outpour for our fundraiser has been awesome. We’ve had people donate, people come by and buy something and then come back and buy more,” SMHS football booster club president Rita De La Rosa said. “It’s been a very successful fundraiser.”

The new tunnel will be 16 feet tall, 18 feet wide and 40 feet long. De La Rosa says delivery is expected next week, and the student athletes and coaches can hardly wait.

“We’re excited. I want to run out of it,” De La Rosa said. I think we need to have a mock run through.”

If you’re interested in helping the booster club reach their goal, and get a barbecue lunch at the same time, this will be the place to be.

The boosters along with Rudy and Becky Espinoza of Rudy’s Automotive, and San Marcos BBQ will be selling chicken and sausage plates for $7 at 1944 S. IH35.

“Ill be the first one to try to help, being born and raised here, I’ll stand behind this community day and night,” Rudy Espinoza said.

The Espinozas have not only hosted the fundraisers, but are often behind the grill, serving, coordinating volunteers or doing any number of tasks before and on the day of the fundraiser.

According to De La Rosa, the old Rattlers football inflatable will now be used for the sub varsity teams.

“This one its twice the size and its a statement. New stadium, new run through. You look good, you feel good, you play good,” De La Rosa said. “It was time. We’ve had that run through for a few years. Kudos to the parents for coming out to the fundraisers to help us reach our goal.”

For more on the booster club’s efforts and new changes to Rattler stadium, we’ll have a full feature next week.

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