Fundraising event to feature Harlem basketball team

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Harlem Ambassadors will take on the Habitat Hometown Heroes at the Cassville High School gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 11. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will raise funds for Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County.

"At our shows, we want the kids to know that they're part of our team too," said Harlem Ambassadors coach Lade Majic. "We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show and get involved in all the fun stuff we do."

The Harlem Ambassadors will show off their Harlem-style basketball skills, including slam dunks, ball-handling tricks and comedy routines. Their shows offer positive messages for children and families.

Known for working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and offering fundraising shows, the Harlem Ambassadors have worked with Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis organizations throughout the country. The team performs more than 200 shows each year.

"It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them," said Dale Moss, Harlem Ambassadors president. "We're able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great."

The Habitat Hometown Heroes will include over 20 local community members. Players who have already signed up include: Tim Jordan, Exeter School District counselor; Mark Kelley, of Barry Electric Cooperative; Sammy Clapper, the voice of the Cassville Wildcats; Mark Scott; Jeremy Stearns, Cassville High School (CHS) alum; Terry Jamieson, Cassville Middle School principal; Chris Redmon, CHS principal; Eric White, Cassville Intermediate School principal; Matt Freeman, Purdy High School alum; Rachael Freeman, Barry County Advertiser editor.

Desiree Corn, CHS alum; Ken Cieslinski, owner of Ken's Collision in Cassville; Robbie Artherton, Shell Knob School coach; Mike Clifton; Chris Seymour; Cody Cantwell, CHS alum; Nancy Foulke, of Barry County Probation and Parole office; Andy Lambel, Cassville United Methodist Church pastor; Jeremy Marple, of Willis Insurance; Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator; and Bob Crouthamel, Cassville YMCA sports and youth director.

Tickets for the upcoming show can be purchased at Sater Pharmacy, Whitley Pharmacy, Freedom Bank, First State Bank, Security Bank, Ken's Collision Center or the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Advanced tickets are $7. Tickets will also be available at the door for $8. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be admitted for $5. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade will be admitted at no cost with a paid adult admission.

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