January 29, 2004

Basketball Tournament Raises $2,700 For After Prom Project

Students, parents, teachers and firemen joined together during the weekend of January 24-25 to host a basketball tournament fundraiser. Firemen? While it might seem like an odd combination, the event was actually created by members of the Scotland County Fire Department headed by fireman Randy Trueblood.

For the second year the group has raised money for After Prom in an effort to keep kids safe during a celebration that traditionally has been a dangerous time. The group donated $1,300 to the program last year.

ďWe want to give the kids a safe option to celebrate after prom and keep them off the roads,Ē one fireman said.

Trueblood and committee members Mark Drummond and Brian Consbrock planned the two-day event that brought boys and girls teams in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade to Memphis to play games against other teams from across the tri-state area.

The firemen recruited the aid of the After Prom Parentís Committee to generate a workforce to man the gates, concessions stands and both basketball courts for the nearly 20 hours of hoops action. All players, coaches and spectators were charged a one-time fee of $2 to enter the gym.

The Scotland County FBLA and DECA chapters volunteered their time to run the clocks and keep score during the games. Sponsors Ken Cross and Carol McCabe kept a steady workforce in place throughout the event.

Firemen, coaches and parents served as referees while students and parents manned the concession stands.

Overall more than 130 volunteers gave their time to help make the event a huge success.

ďWe couldnít have done this without the help of all these volunteers,Ē Trueblood said. ďThis was a true community effort.Ē

When the last basketball was put away Sunday evening the group learned it had generated nearly $2,700 for the 2004 After Prom event.



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