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Holy Trinity to host fundraiser

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 7:56 a.m. CDT

WESTMONT – Westmont’s Holy Trinity Catholic School is hosting a high-flying fundraiser Sunday in Downers Grove.

In the largest fundraiser of the school year, the Parent School Organization of Holy Trinity is staging a charity basketball game against well-known traveling basketball troupe, the Harlem Wizards.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Downers Grove South High School to accommodate a large crowd, which is expected to be about 1,000 people.

A team comprised of Holy Trinity coaches, faculty, school alumni and sponsors will take on the Wizards, who are famous for blending on-the-court comedy with athleticism, trick shot basketball and wild slam dunks.

In previous years, Holy Trinity PSO President Keith Sellers has organized Westmont’s Octoberfest and St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but he is especially excited about Sunday’s festivities.

“I can’t think of a better way for the Holy Trinity Parish Community and the Village of Westmont to come together for an evening of good fun and basketball excitement,” Sellers said.

“It’s not often that you get to see basketball talent like this in your own backyard. It is going to be a lot of fun for people of all ages, and all the proceeds raised at the game will benefit Holy Trinity Catholic School.”

Local community leaders are also partaking in the action.

Westmont Mayor Ron Gunter will be an honorary referee alongside Keith Matune, a state representative candidate representing the 81st District. Additionally, Westmont Chief of Police Tom Mulhearn and Holy Trinity Principal Pam Simon will keep score, while Holy Trinity Pastor Michael Danek will emcee the event.

At halftime, organizers will give away a overnight stay at Westmont’s Oak Brook Hills Resort four tickets to the McDonald’s All-American Games, which will be held April 2 at the United Center.

But the real draw, according to Sellers, is the high-flying entertainment and social responsibility demonstrated the Harlem Wizards.

“Their basketball skills are very impressive, but it’s their dedication to charitable organizations, schools and non-profits around the world that really sets the Wizards apart from other basketball teams,” Sellers said.

Holy Trinity led an assembly Monday at the Veteran’s Park gym in which several Wizards players educated students about the ramifications of bullying and the importance of mentoring.

Tickets for Sunday’s basketball game are still on sale and the Holy Trinity School PSO hopes reach its goal of 1,000 attendees by tip-off. Doors open at 5:15pm.

will be concessions, souvenirs, and a half-time performance by the Harlem Wizards. There is also a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available for the event. For more information please contact Sellers at 630.660.6554 or sellerscmi@att.net.

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