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LETTER: Fifth Gus Macker tournament a success

— LETTER: Fifth Gus Macker tournament a success

To the editor:

Well, we just wrapped up our fifth year of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held at Drivers Village, and what a weekend it was. The weather cooperated beautifully and that provided us with extremely large crowds which included at times three generations of family members. We also maintained a quality event for the 178 four-person teams that registered to participate. Our volunteers, 145 strong, the backbone of this event, put in almost 1,500 hours. These highly enthusiastic volunteers allow us to continue the Friends of the CanTeen’s ultimate mission of raising much needed funds to operate the CanTeen teen center.

The Friends are required to provide up to $40,000 annually as our portion along with our municipal, county and state partners to keep the doors open to our teens. The CanTeen program has grown considerably since its permanent move adjacent to Cicero-North Syracuse High School. We are well on our way to accomplishing this mission, having raised more than $20,000 with this year’s tournament.

We know that we couldn’t have done this without our major supporter, Drivers Village, which allowed us to take over their property and create an extremely positive family-oriented atmosphere for our community and those from out of the area.

On behalf of the Friends of the CanTeen, please accept our appreciation and thanks to our sponsors and volunteers and the continued support from this generous community.

SUSAN JORDAN

PRESIDENT

FRIENDS OF THE CANTEEN

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