SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD -- It's a grudge match for the ages as the renowned Harlem Wizards, featuring local hoops legend Jack “Blackjack” Ryan, will battle the SPF All-Stars tonight (Thursday, Oct. 2) at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS). 

Leading the SPF All Stars will be Coach Father John Paladino.  Players include police chiefs Brian Mahoney (Scotch Plains PD) and Richard Trigo (Fanwood PD), Scotch Plains Councilman Llewellyn Jones, Freeholder Al Mirabella, and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, among others.

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Doors to the SPFHS gym open at 6:00 p.m., and the festivities get underway at 6:45 p.m. The game is a fundraising event to benefit the Scotch Plains-Fanwood chapter of UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization that promotes cultural events and funds scholarships and local charitable works.

"This will be an amazing family event," said Scotch Plains Council Member Colleen Gialanella. "Tickets are priced at $17 for adults, and $15 for students to keep this event affordable.  They are available at Be Craftful on Martine Ave. in downtown Fanwood and at the door."

The Harlem Wizards were founded in 1962 to put a different spin on show basketball. More than 50 years later, the Wizards are an institution, creating awe-inspiring fundraiser events for schools and non-profit organizations. The team plays across the U.S. and raises more than $1 million annually in contests against local community leaders, teachers, coaches, and others.  For more information about tonight's game, call (732) 259-9756.