Every time Frank Sianez walks into the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gym he’ll get to look at his birthday present, all 9 feet by 6 feet, 4 inches of it.
For the CSD recreation supervisor’s 60th birthday his wife of 23 years, Nancy, spearheaded a fundraising effort that collected nearly $18,000 for a new scoreboard.
“I’d been complaining to her about the old scoreboard breaking down,” Frank said. “The buzzer would go off in the middle of a game and we’d have to stop and reset it.”
After listening to the umpteenth complaint Nancy got an idea. She sent letters to El Dorado Hills residents and businesses asking for the public’s help; the old scoreboard was 20 years old and needed to be retired.
“I actually decided about one year before Frank’s actual (60th) birthday. I sat on it for a while and the fit just seemed right,” Nancy said of her gift. “Frank loves his job; we, as a family, love the community of El Dorado Hills and I felt that this project was something the community would stand behind.”
A new scoreboard would also lead to some quiet time at the Sianez home as, Nancy explained, Frank would often get calls from staff telling him the old scoreboard had once again malfunctioned.
“It had to be done and Frank did not have the budget for it, but I knew the community did,” she said.
At Frank’s surprise birthday party last October Nancy gave her husband the news.
“I was speechless,” said Frank, who’s been with the CSD for six years. “It was a pleasant surprise that the community was behind this so much.”
A fundraiser spearheaded by Cliff Moody, which raffled off a three-day stay in Tahoe, raised more than $6,100 thanks to Relish Burger Bar’s raffle promotion. Waste Connections contributed $5,000, an anonymous donor gave $1,060 and many residents donated $100 to $250 apiece.
The CSD used the money for new backboards on the gym’s basketball hoops and the scoreboard that was installed Wednesday, perfect timing since the CSD’s basketball program starts Saturday. The new scoreboard “should last, literally, for decades,” Frank said.
An official unveiling and recognition of donors will take place in the next couple of months. Village Life will announce the date and time when it’s chosen.
A crew from Division 515, the company that’s also completing a roof replacement as well as installing energy-efficient lighting and cooling/heating systems at the gym and its offices, installed the new scoreboard. As they lifted it into position Frank watched, nervously. “Oh gosh, I hope they don’t drop that,” he said.
Good news, Frank. They didn’t.