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March Madness at Pine Valley March 8

Pictured are the girls basketball alumni from last year’s March Madness celebration at Pine Valley High School. Submitted Photo.

SOUTH DAYTON — The sixth annual March Madness event will take place at Pine Valley High School on Sunday, March 8.

The event started in 2013 when a Pine Valley kindergarten student was diagnoesed with leukemia. The Buckets for Brett event was held in 2014 and raised $10,000. The March Madness Fund has been designed to help any Pine Valley student that has a serious or life threatening illness, was injured in a serious accident, has lost a parent or has lost their home to a fire or natural disaster.

“None of this could have happened without the help from countless volunteers,” said Pine Valley kindergarten teacher Terry Mansfield. “Especially from CIA members and the Pine Valley community including faculty, staff, students and parents from Pine Valley who are always willing to donate their time or merchandise to this worthy event.”

The doors will open at 1 p.m., with free admission. Grades 7-12 will have a basketball tournament beginning at 1:30 p.m., after which will be the alumni game at 3 p.m., and the NYS Troopers vs. the Sheriffs Department game at 5 p.m. The special choral group in the Pine Valley music department called “The Treble Cats” have offered to perform the National Anthem at the beginning of the game between the NYS Troopers vs. Sheriffs. They have been practicing with their vocal director, Mary Kay Himes and are “very excited to perform,” according to Mansfield.

There will be Chinese Auctions and concessions open all day.

While the basketball tournament, alumni games, Chinese auction and concessions are sponsored by CIA and all money collected will be donated to the March Madness Fund, the PV Class of 2021 will also be hosting a carnival on the same day.

“We thought having both events on the same day would be a benefit to everyone and make for a very successful day,” Mansfield said.

Money collected from the carnival goes towards class expenses, like their senior trip. The carnival is from 1-5 p.m. and includes face painting, carnival games and “minute to win it” games.

If anyone wishes to make a donation or provide an item for our Chinese auction, please contact Terry Mansfield at tmansfield@pval.org.

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