The Conestoga West End held their annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament and neighborhood picnic on Saturday, Aug. 24. The event, in conjunction with United Way in Ottawa County, raised money for the Conestoga West End neighborhood. The year before last the event raised enough money to purchase new backboards and basketball poles for the backboards. This year organizers hoped to raise money towards a new basketball court, playground equipment, a shelter house and maybe even a splash pad for the park.
Jenn Gideon was there painting children’s faces. Mayor Leone was in attendance along with Councilman Ron Aukerman. There was a dunk tank where police chief Hickman and Councilman Aukerman volunteered to get dunked for a good cause. Councilman Aukerman also donated book bags with school supplies that were handed out to school children at the picnic.
Organizer Sarah Horne said, “We do this for the community here but mostly for the kids. All the money raised here goes back into the West End.”
Photos by Jasmine Cupp