Cops & Firemen shoot hoops for charity

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CLINTON — Police, firemen and area celebrities are gathering together for the sixth annual Cops & Celebrities Basketball Classic on Saturday, March 30 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Clinton High School gymnasium.

Benefitting from the turnout is Joseph’s Experience, a non-profit organization that helps cancer and leukemia patients.

Founder of the group, Mark Montgomery Ph.D, said he hopes this event will raise awareness while providing a voice to those people who’ve been compromised and silenced by cancer and leukemia.

People like his brother, Joseph Jr., who Montgomery’s family lost to non-small cell lung cancer in 1998.

The day will consist of several games throughout the afternoon. Scheduled to play are the following teams:

Celebrities vs. Survivors

Oneida County All-Star Boys

Oneida County All-Star Girls

Oneida County All-Star Optimists

The Utica Lady Knicks

Cops vs. Firemen

The fund-raiser welcomes first-time participants, the Dewitt Fire Department, along with several celebrities. Congressman Anthony Brindisi, Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri, and Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will be running up and down the hardwood. Also, Clinton’s own Polly (McAdams) Wog from Big Frog 104 will be there, along with Utica Comets celebrity announcer Tom Coyne.

Police officers taking part are from several area agencies , including the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Utica and Rome Police Departments, the Kirkland Police Department and the New York State Police.

Admission is $5 dollars, children under 5 will be admitted free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the games.

For more information visit the website josephs-experience.com.

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