continued This year, the tournament raised $20,000 for the CanTeen. There were 216 volunteers, 13 personal or organizational sponsors and 36 business sponsors. The total cost to the town of Cicero was $1,129
“That’s considerably down from 2011,” Hollopeter said. “We are doing everything we can to control any expenses.”
The expense however, is much less than what the tournament brings in.
“According to the Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau, the estimated economic impact to the Cicero community was $258,168,” said Hollopeter. “That’s in the form of hotel rooms, restaurants, souvenirs, etc. Now, I’m not a mathematician, but it seems if we spend $1,129 to bring $260,000 into the community, that seems like it’s money well spent.”
Councilor Lynn Jennings added his support of the tournament.
“To those that didn’t participate and who have small children, they have vendors there, they have food, they had a bounce house,” Jennings said. “There are things for children to do. It’s not just that you have to sit there and watch basketball.”
He also voiced his appreciation for the activities that the CanTeen organizes in addition to the Gus Macker Tournament.
“The little bit that was spent for our Highway Department, Parks and Recs, and the police, is very little when you realize how much [the CanTeen] does throughout the year with all these activities,” Jennings said. “If you haven’t had the opportunity, I hope next year you come out, support Gus Macker, and then go over and look at the CanTeen. It’s a fine facility.”
In other business:
Town Engineer Ron DeTota gave an explanation of the recently completed Cicero Road Evaluation Project, otherwise known as the Cornell Road Program. The project was a team effort put together by the Cicero Highway Department and a volunteer resident, Doug Hill. The evaluation took into consideration factors such as traffic volume and function of the road to determine where funding was most critical.