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‘Cannon Man’ gets his own grill

AMONG FRIENDS — ORHS Foundation President Anthony Scotch, holding plaque, is surrounded at Oak Ridge High School's concession stand named in his honor. Left to right, standing: Foundation board member Zac Collie, foundation secretary Bev Bock, board members Mela Fratarcangeli, Chris Champlin, Billie West, Phil Peacock, Dan Sozzi and Doug Barnett as well as ORHS Principal and board member Steve Wehr; kneeling: 5-year-old Shae Collie, board Treasurer Roberta Jetter and member Ann Root. Village Life photo by Noel Stack
AMONG FRIENDS — ORHS Foundation President Anthony Scotch, holding plaque, is surrounded at Oak Ridge High School's concession stand named in his honor. Left to right, standing: Foundation board member Zac Collie, foundation secretary Bev Bock, board members Mela Fratarcangeli, Chris Champlin, Billie West, Phil Peacock, Dan Sozzi and Doug Barnett as well as ORHS Principal and board member Steve Wehr; kneeling: 5-year-old Shae Collie, board Treasurer Roberta Jetter and member Ann Root. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Oak Ridge High School Foundation Past President Anthony Scotch couldn’t figure out why Principal Steven Wehr had to drag him out to the high school’s concession stand on a rainy Tuesday evening.

Wehr said there was a problem but when Scotch arrived he only saw smiling faces as his friends — foundation board members — unveiled the new stand’s new name: Anthony’s Grill.

“I was just blown away,” said Scotch, 55. No pun intended there since he’s the guy who launches the cannon blast every time the Trojans score a touchdown at home games. “I figured I’d just get a plaque or something.”

Well, they gave him a plaque, too. But the real prize is Scotch’s name on a $607,000 project he managed. Anthony’s Grill houses a full kitchen as well as men’s and women’s bathrooms. The foundation contributed $62,500 to the project (the El Dorado Union High School District funded the rest), according to Wehr, and spent another $22,500 on an outdoor barbecue area.

“Before, we had some old, beat-up trailers,” Wehr said. “This is all part of Anthony’s vision.”

The principal called Scotch a “driving force’ behind many of Oak Ridge’s capital improvements.

Foundation board member Bev Bock issues a new release explaining that Scotch, who served as foundation president for nine years, “spearheaded the foundation’s Capital Campaign in 2003 raising over $1,000,000 in commitments for stadium renovation projects, as well as personally committing $50,000 to the project. He volunteered as project manager and installed home side stands, scoreboard, ticket booths, all-weather track and security fencing.”

Foundation board member and retired Oak Ridge athletic director Ann Root said Scotch brought a “spark” of enthusiasm to the board when he joined. “His knowledge in construction and his ability to get things done just pulled everything together,” she said. “We’re very grateful.”

Scotch also supported and campaigned for Measure Q, the school bond measure, serving as Fundraising Committee co-chair. The measure passed in June 2008.

“Anthony’s just unbelievably philanthropic and school-centric,” Wehr said.

Why? “It’s because of the kids,” Scotch said. He and his family have lived in El Dorado Hills since 1990. Two of his sons graduated from Oak Ridge and a third, sophomore Dominic Scotch, currently attends.

Dominic has followed in his dad’s footsteps, giving back to his school. For his Eagle Scout project with Troop 465, sponsored by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, Dominic chose to improve the drainage and upgrade the landscaping near the snack bar that now bears his father’s name. His project was completed this past summer.

Looking at Oak Ridge’s shining, if not slightly soggy, stadium and the new concession stand, Scotch said, “I understand that facilities make a difference to the kids. (Good facilities) enhance the experience, the memories.”

About the ORHS Foundation
The foundation’s mission is to support and enhance Oak Ridge High School and the El Dorado Hills community by promoting interscholastic, academic and cultural programs as well as capital improvements that promote continual learning. Eleven years ago, a group of concerned parents, community and school officials formed the Oak Ridge High School Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, dedicated to student success through vision and community support of the school. The goal of this not-for-profit organization is to provide the community support and funding needed to make the school’s vision and mission a reality.

For more information visit orhsfoundation.com.

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