FALCONER – An annual fundraiser to raise awareness, money and community support to fight cancer will be held next Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Falconer Central School.
The ninth annual Hoops for Hospice, hosted by the school’s Junior and Senior Varsity Basketball teams, will seek to raise up to $6,000 to fight cancer.
Falconer Girls Varsity Coach Emily Scholeno, who spearheaded the event, said this year, the fundraiser will be held in honor of Kay Patterson, who recently passed away following a batter with cancer.
“This year, for one of my JV Players Kayla Jo Lynn, we are doing it in memory of her grandmother who passed two weeks ago,” said Scholeno. “We are able to help her family in this grieving time. They’ve contacted me saying it has helped them stay busy.”
Scholeno said Jo Lynn’s family is very tight-knit, always supporting one another, and that is exactly what they are doing during this time of mourning.
“Every single game, I see at least 10 to 15 family members cheering her on,” said Scholeno. “From what I understand, I think it was like that at all of her events and for all of the kids also.”
The coach said that Wednesday’s game will also serve as senior night for the varsity team. Scholeno said the team will honor Senior Kaylee Vincent.
“The past two years, we’ve had the Hospice night on the Senior Night and they (the seniors) look forward to that,” said Scholeno. “It’s kind of like an extra special thing.”
The varsity team will face Silver Creek at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
A variety of basket raffles and baked goods will be available. Scholeno said she is still accepting donations for the night.
“Throughout the course of my season, I will have a lot of people in the community say, ‘When is your Hospice Game,’ because they want to send donations or come and watch,” said Scholeno.