UNION, NJ – Union High School hosted their 1st Annual Team Up for St. Jude Varsity Game event on Tuesday evening benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Union High’s boys basketball coach Kevin Feeley helped organize the event.  “The purpose of the event is to raise money for pediatric cancer research.  All proceeds raised tonight will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”  Feeley said this is the first year for the event, and “hopefully it will be bigger next year.”

The Team Up for St. Jude Spirited by Varsity program is a student-led, student-run philanthropic program in which high school students raise both funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The program engages students in a combined effort to fight childhood cancer and show their school spirit at the same time.

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Money was raised by charitable donations collected prior to the event, donations of food and drink for sale at the event, donated merchandise for auction and sponsorships.

Two basketball games were held featuring Union County rivals Westfield Blue Devils vs. the Linden Tigers and the Union Farmers vs. the nationally ranked Roselle Catholic Lions.

Dana Bobertz, a Union High School varsity cheerleading coach, said, “we have 21 cheerleaders, 3 coaches and a lot of great volunteers.”

Added Cheryl Fiske-Weiss, also a Union High School cheerleading coach, “the cheerleaders are here selling raffle tickets for Giants and Jets signed footballs, they will be serving food, and accepting donations from the crowd.  They will also be performing at the 7:00 varsity game.”

Linden won the first game:  Linden 63, Westfield 51.  Roselle Catholic won the second game:  Roselle Catholic 56, Union 35.