Badger wrestler needs our help
June 21, 2012
Blaine Invernon, 17, who'll be a senior at
Bonners Ferry High School this fall, is spending
much of his summer competing on the wrestling
mat at places far from home, and a two-day
benefit yard sale and auction has been set to
help his family offset expenses.
standout Blaine Invernon can use the
community's help as he pursues status as
a world-class wrestler.
Blaine has been flying to Boise every weekend to
participate in the Olympic training camp in
preparation for a Freestyle and Greco Nationals
Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota, in July, and
in August, he'll make his second European trip
of the summer in August, traveling to Bulgaria,
Turkey and Germany to train in some of the top
wrestling clubs in the world.
In April, Blaine traveled to Bulgaria, where he
won the freestyle tournament and received the
Outstanding Wrestler Award in the Dinko Petrov
He's won the Idaho State Titles in hiss class
both his freshman and junior years as a Badger,
he's a two-time All-American, a qualifier for
the Pan-Am team and he's placed four times
nationally in both Freestyle and Greco. While
accomplishing so much ias an athlete, he's
maintained his grades as an honor academic
student through his high school career.
Needless to say, competing on the world stage
carries a steep price tag, so local Blaine
Invernon fans, including his Nana Leny Invernon
and long-time Badger, Badger Mom and family
friend Marianne Duarte, are busy preparing for a
tour de force fundraiser at the Boundary County
Fairgrounds dining hall Friday and Saturday,
They and their fellow fans are out and about
gathering donations, be it cash, goods or
services, for the combination yard sale, auction
and more that will run from 8 a.m. until
everyone's too tired to keep going on each of
the two days.
"Blaine, as well as his entire family,
appreciate so very much all of the help this
wonderful town has dished out," Marianne said.
"Please call if you have anything that you could
donate to make all of this young man's travel
expenses a bit easier! And don't forget to come
to this event ... it's going to be a fun sale,
with auction and raffle items all from local
businesses!! This is NOT just your average yard
sale!! Thanks sooo much!!!"
To donate or to help, you can call Leny at (208)
257-2514, or Marianne at (208) 267-7350, or you
can reach Marianne through her Facebook page,
For those who would like to make cash donations,
an account has been set up in Blaine's name at
Mt. West Bank, or you can mail them to Blaine
Invernon Travel Fund, P.O. Box 664, Bonners
Ferry, ID 83805.