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October 10, 2006

Sabres alumni to shoot hoops in Amherst

Sweet Home event will raise money for Carly’s Club

Rob Ray will entertain Western New York residents once again, but there’s no fighting this time — or ice, for that matter.

Eight Buffalo Sabres alumni will visit Sweet Home High School on Wednesday for a basketball game against staff and faculty from the Sweet Home School District’s six schools.

“This is a first-time event,” Sweet Home communications director Don Feldmann said. “It’s been done locally, but never at our schools. We’ve sold almost 425 tickets, so it’s going to be pretty successful.”

Proceeds from the game will go to Carly’s Club, a Roswell Park charity for pediatric cancer research.

Science teacher Jenna DiPasquale helped organize the event as adviser for the All-Class Leadership Council, the student government, and hopes it inspires students to help charities in the future.

“It’s really to promote community events in our district, to get all of K through 12 involved in a project for the community,” DiPasquale said.

Scott McManigle, marketing director for the Sabres Alumni Association, said this is a good way for fans to see what former Sabres are really like.

“The professional athletes are much more than they see on the ice,” McManigle said. “Rob Ray is an aggressive, tough guy, but he’s raised millions of dollars for different charities.”

The Sabres alumni participate in eight to 10 community basketball games every year, which is their way of giving back to the community, McManigle said.

The alumni will also set up a table during halftime of the game to sign autographs.

“We’re very excited to have the district sponsor an event and to get the community involved,” DiPasquale said. “Everyone in attendance can receive autographs from the alumni.”

The timing couldn’t be better for the game, with hockey season beginning exactly one week earlier, Feldmann said.

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