CN sponsors donkey basketball fundraiser
High school and college students join local police and firemen volunteers to play Donkey Basketball in a March 29 fundraiser at the Claremore high school gymnasium for the Roger County Adult Day Care Center. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CLAREMORE – Donkeys and dribbling were highlighted March 29 at the Rogers County Adult Day Care Center’s Donkey Basketball fundraiser sponsored by the Cherokee Nation.
The annual event held at the Claremore High School gymnasium is the center’s biggest fundraiser and crucial to the center providing its services to clients, some of which are CN citizens.
RCADC Executive Director Wanda Inman said the night consisted of three games.
“The first game will be between Rogers State College and Claremore High School students. The second will be between Claremore Fire Department and Claremore Police Department. The winner of those two games will then play for the championship,” she said.
Inman added that CN citizens were part of all four teams. In the end, the Claremore PD won the championship.
Inman said the CN and Cherokees play an important part for the RCADC.
“We have Cherokee employees as well as Cherokee clients. Cherokee Nation sponsoring this allowed us to stop worrying about paying for the event and get on with turning that into raising more funds through ticket and T-shirt sales, additional sponsorships and concessions,” she said.
“I’m Cherokee, and a lot of our clients are Cherokee.” Jacque Koskie, Rogers County Adult Day Care Center accountant, said.
Tribal Councilor Keith Austin was contacted by the RCADC to ask for help with its fundraising efforts. “I’ve been friends with this organization for the last three years, and I’ve watched the good work that they do.”
Austin said he received a phone call from Inman asking if he would support the RCADC. “When I found out the amount, I called the (principal) chief’s office and told them $3,500 was needed. They said, ‘let’s do the whole thing and help them out.’”
According to its website, the RCADC provides intergenerational fun, consisting of socialization and companionship between older and younger adults. It also provides respite for the caregiver while participants are in a safe and caring environment.
The center is at 2680 OK-88 in Claremore. For more information, call 918-341-7588 or visit rogerscountyadultdaycarecenter.org