PARSIPPANY, NJ - From teenagers to "Jersey Girls", the Parsippany PAL was packed on Saturday for the Layups 4 Life tournament that provided fun, competition and funds to support cancer cure research.
A total of 37 teams participated with teams ranging from a group of 13 - 14 year olds to an all women's team named "Jersey Girls" to a team of players over 50. A large variety of ages and skill sets were on display throughout the day.
There were 40+ raffle and silent auction items at the PAL. Prizes were donated from businesses such as Fitness Coaching LLC and Barefoot Rehabilitation Center in Denville NJ to tickets to sporting events from the Yankees, Mets, Nets and NYCFC. There was also signed sports memorabilia from the New York Giants, Rangers and Brooklyn Nets.
Generous sponsors also supported the cause. They were TapInto Parsippany, IMG Business Advisors, Corner Marketing, NinetyThree Entertainment, Jeff Vreeland Photography, Generate Buzz LLC, our venue the Parsippany PAL, MedExpress Urgent Care, Lomelo Design Associates, and IndoorHoops. Food was donated from Gusto 46 Trattoria (Mine Hill, NJ), Sandwiches Unlimited Lunchbox (Ledgewood, NJ) and Outback Steakhouse, Parsippany.
Leading up to this event, Layups 4 Life reached an all-time fundraising high of over $18,600, with that total now exceeding over $19,700. They are 65% of the way to the $30,000 fundraising goal for the 2017-2018 season, which will close at the end of June. Layups 4 Life has raised $79,000 in its 4 years of operation.
The two winners from the tournament ('A' Bracket & 'B' Bracket championship rounds), were comprised of one team named "Golds Elite", and their team members were Daniel Keating, Jesse Oringer, Joshua Funk and Michael Schwartz. The other winning team was named Cuse4Lyfe, and their team members were Michael Nolan, Ian Houck, Brian Andruskiewicz, William Nolan.
Founder of the Tournament, Dan Exter, had this to say, "We are grateful to Tony Bonavittacola and his entire staff at the PAL. They were all extremely accommodating, helpful and supportive from day one. Thank you to everyone who played, supported and attended our 4th annual 3v3 charity basketball tournament and fundraiser. It was a pleasure to do this back in the town where I grew up and first picked up a basketball. It was another successful tournament and we raised funds that will make a difference in the fight against cancer."