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Russell J. Salvatore and the basketball team. (Submitted photos)
Russell J. Salvatore and the basketball team. (Submitted photos)

Russell J. Salvatore donates $6,000 to 'Shooting For A Cure!'


Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:50 pm

Pembroke girls basketball team reached $200,000 goal for Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Hospitality icon Russell J. Salvatore made a surprise donation to the Pembroke High School Dragons varsity girls basketball team, coach Ronald Funke, and “Shoot For The Cure” event organizer and special education teacher Michael Wilson on Thursday. Salvatore presented a check for $6,000, bringing the “Shooting For A Cure!” to a 10-year goal of $200,000, supporting research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Pembroke girls basketball team recently hosted the 10th annual charity “Shooting For A Cure!” – called the “Pink Game” – at Pembroke High School. The game and fundraising efforts this year totaled more than $42,000, despite the pandemic. Over the past 10 seasons, the games have raised more than $194,000. Organizers, however, had hoped to eclipse the $200,000 mark by April 1.

Broadcast and social media have been supportive of the team, the cause, and the community.

Wilson said, “This is just unbelievable! We are so thankful to Mr. Salvatore for stepping up in support of the team, and Roswell. These girls, and the players before them, play their hearts out. The ‘Shooting For A Cure’ has been bringing people together in our community for such a good cause.”

Salvatore said, “To see the excitement on the faces of the team, and everyone involved in helping Roswell Park, is very special. I am so glad to be able to support these fine young people who have done so much for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

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