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June 22, 2014

Starpoint scoreboard donated in honor of Flight 3407 victim

Niagara Gazette — Cheryl Borner and the Starpoint School District have been working to keep her husband David Borner's memory alive.

Borner presented the school board with a check for $13,000 at its Monday meeting, which will go purchase and install a new, solar-powered scoreboard on the varsity soccer field.

David was an avid fan of Starpoint soccer, which both son Michael and daughter Nicole played.

He was a regular fixture at soccer games at the school, often holding cookouts at matches.

“He would travel with Nicole to all of her travel matches, when she played with the Buffalo United team,” Cheryl said. “He also made French onion soup for the Starpoint girls' team all the time, because it was their favorite.”

David was killed in the Flight 3407 crash in February 2009.

Since the accident, Cheryl has contributed several gifts to Starpoint in Dave's memory.

Two brick structures, dubbed “Borner's Benches” were erected on the varsity soccer field in 2009 for Starpoint and visiting soccer players. They were paid for by a number of fundraising events coordinated by Cheryl and her friends.

A memorial scholarship for Starpoint students was also set up in Dave's name.

“There's a committee that reviews the applications with me, and we're supposed to select two recipients every year, but usually its hard to decide so we pick two to four,” Cheryl said.

She recently donated $2,000 to the boys' varsity soccer team, which will also be going toward the new scoreboard, Thomas Sarovics, Starpoint athletic director, said.

“The new scoreboard will be great- since it will run on green energy, it'll save some costs on electricity,” he said.

Sarkovics said that with the total of $15,000 donated by Borner and some money from athletic department fundraisers, there will be enough to purchase and install the scoreboard in time for next year's season.

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