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Donor wall going in at RHS stadium
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The Ripon Community Athletic Foundation is making it a goal of having the donor wall at Stouffer Field completed by the first football game.

So said Vince Hobbs at Monday’s Ripon Unified school board meeting.

This new feature at the Ripon High football stadium has always been part of the RCAF plans and will consist of the names of the many contributors who made possible the $1.8 million in renovations since the grass-efforts started in 2007.

Thanks to that, RCAF has been able to do work that include the re-doing infrastructure along with the football field, and installation of the all-weather synthetic track.

In fact, RCAF will be partnering with the Central Valley Roadrunners on May 22-24 as part of the first major events involving outsiders.

“We’re expecting 500 to 600 young runners plus about 1,000 people (at Stouffer) during that weekend,” said Hobbs.

The RHS track and field program will do its part by operating the snack bar, using proceeds from the concessions as a fundraiser, according to Hobbs.

He added that RCAF recently met with an architect on plans for the new restrooms and stadium bleachers.

“We’re restricted by space on the restrooms,” Hobbs said. “It will be located near the (stadium) ticket booth so it can be shared with the tennis and baseball programs.”

What are the timetables?

“We’ve just started on the planning – it’s still a long process,” Hobbs said.

His wife, Stephanie Hobbs, who is president of RCAF, announced that she will be going to Washington, D.C., next month as part of the One Voice group made possible by the San Joaquin Council of Governments.

She’s there to pursue funding for the next stage of the project consisting of the bleachers and the restrooms.

Hobbs also announced the next Rina Run on May 9. This annual fundraiser for RCAF will again consist of a 5K run and half Marathon.