MADISON, NJ  – The Madison PBA, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Commission and Drew University will partner to raise money for the Joseph Cirella Scholarship Fund with a 'Prison Ball' tournament Saturday, March 19.

The tournament, an alternative form of dodge ball, will be held in the Baldwin Gym on Drew University’s campus at 11a.m.

"This partnership reflects the strong commitment of all these organizations to strengthen the town-gown connection," said Lisa Ellis, Madison Downtown Development Program Director.

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“Madison PBA local #92 is looking forward to working with Drew University and the members of community on the Tournament. This event is a great example of how strong community partnerships can accomplish great things," added Corporal Luis Goncalves 

Captain Joseph Cirella passed away on December 22, 2015 after a three-month battle with cancer. Captain Cirella was on the Madison Police Department for 25 years and is remembered as ‘a great cop, a mentor, a devoted father and husband, and a great friend.’ Captain Cirella is survived by his wife and three children.

"Teams of seven, co-ed encouraged will donate $10 per person, or $70 total when they arrive at the tournament. Spectators are highly encouraged to attend and watch the fun. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door in the form of cash or check," said Ellis.

"This one-day event is open to the entire community and all ages. It will feature teams of seven battling it out to be the Prison Ball Tournament Champions. In addition to the tournament, food, auctions and superlative awards will be given out throughout the duration of the event," said Ellis.

To participate in the tournament, register online at www.drew.edu/studentactivities/prisonball. Teams of 7 (co-ed encouraged) will donate $10 per person, or $70 total when they arrive at the tournament. Spectators are highly encouraged to attend and watch the fun. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door in the form of cash or check.

If you’re unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, donations can be made out to Madison PBA Local 92; in memo field, please write “Captain Cirella.” Mail donations to the Madison PBA 92, 62 Kings Road, Madison, N.J. 07940, Attn: Vincent Dellavalle.