UNION, NJ – The Union High School Boys Basketball and Cheerleading teams held their 2nd annual St. Jude Classic event in December.

The event featured three varsity basketball games:  The season opener for Union High School boy’s varsity basketball who defeated Elizabeth 56-46; Linden defeated Westfield 83-37 and Roselle Catholic defeated Trenton Catholic 79-49.

All funds raised during the event were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ticket sales, a faculty dress down, t-shirt sales, donations, and concessions all contributed to the total fundraising.  The t-shirts sold were donated and discounted by 2K Printing and Promotions of Roselle Park.  Several restaurants from around the county made food donations including Master Pizza, Padonno’s, Fior D’Italia, Dominos, Applebees of Union, Chevy’s of Linden and Chick-fil-A.

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Two Hundred t-shirts were sold and over six hundred people attended the event. Through the hard work of the Athletic Director Linda Ionta, basketball coach Kevin Feeley, cheerleading coaches Cheryl Fiske, Dana Bobertz, and Christina Korinis, and the basketball and cheerleading teams, a grand total of $7,721 was donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

“I am extremely proud to be part of our St. Jude Fundraiser,” said Ionta.  “The efforts by our basketball and cheerleading programs paid off with raising almost $8,000.00. Our athletic program is grateful to have the opportunity to support such a great cause. We look forward to next year.”

“The event was a success from start to finish,” said Cheerleading Coach Fiske.  “Our administration and especially our athletic director were supportive and helpful, the Union High students and staff bought t-shirts, made donations, and attended the event, and the town came out to support our basketball team and a great cause.  I can't thank the cheerleaders enough either. Every basketball season cheerleader bought a t-shirt, worked from set up to clean up, ran food pickups, walked throughout the crowd to sell concessions. The event couldn't have been done without Coach Kevin Feeley of the boy’s basketball program and my other cheerleading coaches Coach Dana Bobertz and Coach Christina Korinis. We raised a lot of money for a great cause and we are looking forward to an even bigger and better St. Jude Classic next year.”