Brookville Hosts Hoops For Hope Fundraiser

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Tuesday was Hoops for Hope Night at Brookville Area High School.

The event helped raise thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society and the money will be used locally to assist area residents battling cancer. It also was a way to publicly recognize area cancer survivors and it gives the kids a chance to put a name with the face.

This year’s event was a combined effort between Brookville and Punxsutawney.

“We wanted to optimize it by combining the efforts of the two towns and we are rivaling what communities in the Pittsburgh area do,” Relay for Life Community Manager Nikki Carey said.

Carey, a cancer survivor herself, explained that there are 28 sponsors and many events held at the schools leading up to Hoops For Hope Night.

“Our Coins for Cancer has already raised $2,500 and we expect to raise at least $5,000 after everything’s done tonight,” Carey said. “The money will help pay for 50 free nights for patients and caregivers when they go somewhere for treatment. The rooms usually don’t cost a lot, $30 or so, but if you have to be there for a number of weeks, it can add up in a hurry. It could also help pay for trips cancer patients have to make.”

Carey had high words of praise for Kelly McAninch, who previously led the local ACS effort.

“Kelly did an amazing job leading this for so many years and she laid the groundwork for us.”

Carey also said the local chapter is seeking volunteers for its Road to Recovery Program where people help patients get to the appointments and treatments.

Vicky Miller is also heavily involved in the local chapter and has been for more than a decade.

“It’s really amazing how the county supports our efforts. They’ve always gotten behind us and been very generous.

“Our fifth- and sixth-grade classes raised $2,500 and we will have an ice cream party for them, too,” Miller said.

As part of Tuesday’s fundraising, there were many raffles, baked goods that could be purchased, T-shirts for sale and 50 percent of the booster club concession.

The local chapter also hosts a craft show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds March 11 and the Brookville Volunteer Fireman’s Club hosts bingo to raise money.

In February, there are two fundraisers, the Team Matson Chicken Dinner will be held at the Brookville YMCA and Daffodil Days are set for February 10.

The Jefferson County Relay for Life will be held Saturday, August 5.

For more information, go to the Relay For Life of Jefferson County Facebook page.

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