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Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBALL Gala 2017

2017 marks the 5th Annual Coaches Gala. Held at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, festivities began at 6pm with a fun filled evening that included a silent and live auction, an amazing dinner, and fabulous live entertainment!

Though the BasketBALL is one of the area’s premier gala events the year, it’s mission is quite simple – Raise money to fight cancer.

Six-plus months of work by high school stu­dents, coaches and spon­sors cul­mi­nated in a record per­for­mance, with the Lack­awanna League and Wy­oming Val­ley Con­fer­ence ini­tia­tive rais­ing close to $300,000, ac­cord­ing to Scran­ton Prep boys bas­ket­ball coach An­drew Ket­tel, who is chair­man of the lo­cal Coaches vs. Cancer drive.

“Is it sur­pris­ing? At times it does sur­prise me and there are other times that it doesn’t,” Ket­tel said. “I know the peo­ple who live here in north­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.

“When peo­ple are down and out, we rise up and are there for each other. That’s why it’s not sur­pris­ing how well we do lo­cally. Just see where we were nine years ago.”

That first year, when Ket­tel was coach­ing at Lack­awanna Trail, the fa­ther of player Casey Cathrall was di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic can­cer. It was the be­gin­ning of Coaches vs. Cancer lo­cally, and in a few weeks, raised $1,200.

On Satur­day, the to­tal raised for the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety reached $1.5 mil­lion.

“It’s amaz­ing, from where we started nine years ago to where we are now,” Ket­tel said.

Patti Lynett, wife of Ge­orge V. Lynett, Times-Tri­bune pub­lisher emer­i­tus and a breast can­cer sur­vivor, was hon­ored at the Bas­ketBall.

Every year, one per­son who has bat­tled can­cer is se­lected for recog­ni­tion at the gala.

“We wanted to honor her for the strength and dig­nity she has shown through­out her bat­tle,” Ket­tel said.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs Cancer click here.

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