WESTPORT — Superintendent Gary Reese is pleased to announce that the Westport Junior/Senior High School’s girls basketball teams hosted their third annual Lady Cats Charity Night.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Lady Wildcats played the Pioneer Charter School of Science at Westport High School in their annual charity basketball game. The game raised money for the Hundred Club of Massachusetts which provides financial assistance, scholarships, vocational guidance and more for children and families of fallen police officers and firefighters of Massachusetts.
“It’s an honor of ours to be able to partake in such a generous event,” said Head Girls Basketball Coach Mike Ponte. “For the past three seasons, we’ve had the opportunity to highlight causes near and dear to our hearts by hosting charity events. These charity events help our students exercise the belief that service to others is one of the most important parts of life and personal growth while giving back to our community at the same time.”
Community members and local police and fire departments were invited to attend the opening ceremony of the game. During the opening ceremony, firefighters and police officers from local municipalities stood at center court with Westport community members while there were readings, a moment of silence, a standing ovation and the playing of the national anthem. At the game, attendees were also able to enjoy food, raffles and more.
The freshmen, junior varsity and varsity girls basketball teams organized and assisted with the fundraising events leading up to the game and the game itself.
The Lady Cats raised money before the charity game by hosting a Coin Collection Challenge at the school, bake sales with the assistance of the Westport Athletic Boosters and raffles. Online donations and in-person donations were set up as well to raise money for the Hundred Club of Massachusetts.
The annual Lady Cats Charity Night was inspired by the Westport Volleyball team and Head Coach Mike King’s charity night event. The Lady Cats raised over $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Foundation in its first year. During the past two seasons, the Lady Cats have partnered with and raised over $6,000 for the Hundred Club of Massachusetts.
About the Hundred Club of Massachusetts:
The Hundred Club is committed to do whatever is necessary to compassionately care for these surviving families. The Hundred Club is unique because it forms a bond with its beneficiary families that no other organization offers. Some of our current beneficiary families have been beneficiaries of the Hundred Club for over 50 years. The Hundred Club also provides benefits to those firefighters and police officers who die other than in the line of duty. In the case of an active duty (non-line-of-duty) death, the benefit is a one-time cash stipend to the surviving spouse and/or any minor children of the deceased.