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The Daily News | Green turns pink for a great cause, Roswell Park cancer research, with Shoot for a Cure! between Pembroke and Notre Dame girls’ hoops

PEMBROKE — Dragons are believed to horde money but the Pembroke Dragons aimed to break $100,000 on Thursday to fund cancer research.

Thursday was the 8th annual Shoot for a Cure as the Pembroke Dragons battled against the Notre Dame Lady Irish. Fans filled the bleachers and crowded the court side to watch the girls’ basketball teams. Players and community members proudly wore pink as Pembroke raised money throughout the night with basket raffles, 50/50, silent auction, apparel and big ticket items.

Over the last seven seasons, the Dragons have raised more than $88,000 for cancer research efforts at Roswell Park. This year, Roswell Park is again getting a $2,500 donation from the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association in support of Shooting for a Cure! and Notre Dame Fighting Irish donated $937.37 from a dress-down fundraiser they did.

During halftime of the varsity game, several community members, family members, faculty, staff and students who are cancer survivors were recognized.

“I just want to point out one of the first players who played in the first pink game landed a job at Roswell at their research department,” said Superintendent Matthew Calderon.

Ron Funke is the long-time head coach of the Pembroke girls’ basketball team. Shoot for a Cure started seven years ago when his wife, Toni Funke battled breast cancer and the girls raised $4,000 in one night in a show of support. She beat cancer.

Since then, every year, Roswell Park has officially sanctioned Shooting For A Cure! as a team cure fundraiser. Last year, the team raised $23,383.

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