Pembroke Girls Basketball Team Scores for Cancer Research

September 27, 2013 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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(from left) Kelly Kopra, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Pembroke junior Austin Ludwig, winner of Disney Family 4 pass, Bryan Wittman, Global Vice President of Special Events for Disney Corporation.

September 27, 2013 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM EDT

Corfu, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Thursday night, the Pembroke High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team took to the court for a Shooting for A Cure cancer benefit basketball game against Attica High School.

Today, the team will appear at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to present hospital officials with the $4,000 they raised at their Shooting For A Cure Event. The team will be make the presentation wearing their custom designed Shooting For A Cure pink uniforms.

The Pembroke Team partnered with a number of area businesses in their successful fund raiser including Impressive Marks, D & D Printing, Next Generation Vending, Pizza Pantry, Great Erie Federal Credit Union and SUBWAY.  They were also supported by the internationally renowned, Walt Disney Company, who donated Disney Theme Park passes to be raffled at the game.  According to team’s coach, Mike Wilson, the event far surpassed the team’s initial goals.

“We are a small school in a rural district and our team has to consistently work to raise money for most everything we need, including our warm-ups and team sneakers,” Wilson said in a news release. “But this time, the girls wanted to do something different, something they felt was truly helpful for our school and those affiliated with our Pembroke community who have been so widely impacted by breast cancer diagnoses. To their credit they put together an amazingly successful fundraiser in partnership with some very generous businesses and organizations.”

RPCI officially sanctioned “Shooting For A Cure,” and Cindy Eller, Executive Director of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, acknowledged the significance of the grass roots fundraiser. 

“It’s wonderful when young people, such as these Pembroke students, come together to make a difference in the lives of those facing cancer,” Eller said in a news release. “And for the girls to go out and enlist the support of businesses for donations to help raise such a significant amount of money, truly speaks to the character of the team, their families, the school and the Pembroke community at large. We are honored by their efforts in the name of critically needed breast cancer research.”

Local companies involved in Shooting For A Cure include Impressive Marks (creating custom designed apparel for Pembroke teams and fans,) D&D Printing, (providing game flyers, posters and programs,) Next Generation Vending (donating food to sell during the game,) Pizza Pantry (donating discounted pizzas for sale during game,) Great Erie Credit Union (donating popcorn for sale during the game) and Subway (donating drinks for sale during the game.