CORFU — The Pembroke Girls Basketball team is currently organizing its 10th annual Shooting For A Cure! game in support of funding research efforts at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shooting For A Cure! Coordinator Mike Wilson said today.
“Due to the current COVID restrictions no official game date has been set. However, we’re considering various alternative ways in which to maintain this benevolent tradition as we work alongside our county Health Department,” he said. “Over the past nine seasons, our small community has raised over $152,000 for cancer research at Roswell Park.”
Wilson said this year he and the team hope to get creative, using virtual alternatives to try and make a difference in the community.
“We’re currently on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram as well as the Team Roswell website. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via e-mail, phone or social media if you have any questions for us or would like to get involved,” he said. “We thank you for your continued support and hope that in the weeks ahead we can solidify a game date and additional details as they relate to fundraising and prizes that will be raffled off.”
Shooting For a Cure! honors and supports Pembroke faculty, immediate families and community members on whose lives cancer has had an impact.
“While the details remain fluid, the team has identified several aspects of the event as essential components of the benefit. They include community involvement, service-learning opportunities for students, a show of support and remembrance to honor everyone affected by cancer, and a donation to Roswell Park,” Wilson said in a press release. “Although Pembroke will not be able to host a capacity crowd as they have in the past, they’re considering many creative alternatives ...”
Wilson said the Dragons would welcome community support through raffle-ready items such as gift cards/certificates, merchandise, and themed baskets. Shooting For A Cure will offer donations as raffle prizes and silent auction items as it considers virtual alternatives. As always, all the proceeds will benefit cancer research at Roswell Park. Visit Pembroke’s Team Roswell page at http://give.roswellpark.org/goto/shooting-for-a-cure-10 to make an online donation.
Last year, Shooting For A Cure! raised over $33,000. For nine seasons, more than 50 businesses and organizations, including 26Shirts, Batavia Country Club, Batavia’s Original, Clarence Deli, Crickler’s Vending, JetBlue Airways, NYSCOPBA, Original Pizza Logs, Pesci’s Pizza, Terry Hills, West Herr Chevrolet of Orchard Park, Walt Disney World, and YMCA of Batavia, have supported this event.
If you have any questions or would like to support the team, contact Wilson at (716) 949-0523, Amy Peters at (716) 998-1860, or Jeff Schlagenhauf at (716) 560-3455.
There are 10 players on the Pembroke High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team. The 2020-2021 captains are Serene Calderón, Emily Peters and Nicole Von Kramer. They are coached by Ron Funke.
Roswell Park is among the first and only upstate New York facility to hold the National Cancer Institute designation of “comprehensive cancer center” and to serve as a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The Roswell Park campus spans 25 acres in downtown Buffalo and consists of 15 buildings with about 1.6 million square feet of space. A new hospital building, completed in 1998, houses a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center. In addition, the Institute built a new medical research complex and renovated existing education and research space to support its future growth and expansion. The website is www.roswellpark.org.