ACS one of the focuses of “Amherstburg Night” at Windsor Express game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

There was a bit of an Amherstburg tone to the Windsor Express-St. John Riptide National Basketball League of Canada game Saturday night.

Part of the promotions for the game at the WFCU Centre in Windsor was that it was “Amherstburg Night” with it also being St. Clair College Night, the latter in recognition of the college’s 50th anniversary.

Kelsey Sutton from James H. Sutton Funeral Home and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo deliver the basketball to centre court just prior to the start of the Windsor Express-St. John Riptide game. Also pictured are Brian Addison of the Riptide (left) and Noel Moffatt of the Express.

Kelsey Sutton from James H. Sutton Funeral Home and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo deliver the basketball to centre court just prior to the start of the Windsor Express-St. John Riptide game. Also pictured are Brian Addison of the Riptide (left) and Noel Moffatt of the Express.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Kelsey Sutton from the James H. Sutton Funeral Home delivered the ball to centre court just prior to the opening tip-off of the game, won by the Riptide 111-107. A contingent of people from Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) were sitting near the court as the Express partnered with ACS on the night.

ACS received a portion of the proceeds of the tickets they sold, with community awareness/fundraising co-ordinator Austin Tyrrell estimating the proceeds to be at least $450. Amherstburg Community Services sold 30 tickets valued at $25 with another 18 tickets sold valued at $5 each. Tyrrell seemed pleased with that number, noting they had less than a week to sell the tickets.

“We’re proud we were the agency that came to mind when (the Express) thought of Amherstburg,” said Tyrrell.

Kathy DiBartolomeo, executive director of ACS, said they were glad to be part of a fun night and were honoured that the Express were recognizing Amherstburg.

“I was very pleased when (Express owner) Dartis Willis Sr. contacted me after our March for Meals campaign and wanted to have an Amherstburg Night with some of the proceeds coming to our agency,” said DiBartolomeo. “I was very thrilled.”

The Amherstburg Community Services logo was put on the scoreboard at the WFCU Centre.

The Amherstburg Community Services logo was put on the scoreboard at the WFCU Centre.

DiCarlo said like many of those type of events, it was to shine a spotlight on a local cause, such as ACS in this case.

“Hopefully we can help raise awareness of Amherstburg Community Services,” he said.

The mayor added he was happy to represent Amherstburg and enjoyed the game with his wife Laura.

“It’s just a fun night out,” he said.

He joked prior to the ball delivery that it was all he was doing, not actually taking a shot, and said he didn’t want to mess it up.

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