PEMBROKE, NY (WKBW) — Shooting For A Cure and making a difference. It's what the Pembroke girls' basketball team has done over the last nine seasons, raising over $152,000 for cancer research at Roswell Park. Their annual Shooting for A Cure fundraiser is entering its 10th anniversary, but this year, things will look different.
"To go where you've never gone, you've gotta do what you've never done," coordinator Mike Wilson said. "So, we've started just brainstorming in the fall together - how do we go about doing this?"
Typically, Pembroke's gym is packed with fans and members of the community but with the current COVID-19 restrictions, that can't happen. They're instead bringing the game to the fans with an online and radio broadcast.
They're also planning on various raffles and auctions and will begin selling tickets next week with one prize awarded each day for the month of March. There's 21 daily prize bundles, totaling over $10,000 in items that can be won. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each.
There will also be an outdoor food truck rally [Cheesy Chick, Center Street, Pub Coffee Hub, Babz BBQ, and Buffalo Best Grill] the night of the game with part of the proceeds will benefit Roswell.
Although COVID's happening, cancer doesn't stop and the love that we have for everybody that's in our community and all of Western New York, that doesn't stop either," Wilson added.
Several organizations like 26 shirts have stepped up [with all shirts sold out], and donations from outside of the school continue to pour in. It's just another example of neighbors helping neighbors.
"When you think about Pembroke, we're just a small little town in Genessee County and we're doing big things," Wilson said. "It's a community that rallies around each other like nobody else does."
This year's event will take place March 5th. You can make a donation here.