Tonight local celebrities will join together for a common cause and a lot of laughs. Syracuse University stars C.J Fair and Baye-Moussa Keita, Olympian Erin Hamlin, Illusionists Leon & Romy and I will take part in the annual Sitrin Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game in the Utica College Clark Athletic Center.

This will be my first year taking part and I'm really looking forward to it. Although the last time I was in a charity basketball game, I injured myself in the first 30 seconds. At least this time, I'll be in a wheelchair and the only thing I can hurt is my pride with how embarrassing my play will be. I doubt my spaghetti arms can shoot that high.  My plan will be to just pass it to the Syracuse University players.  Surely they can make a shot or two.

Other Celebrities:

Joseph Griffo, New York State Senator
Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica
Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff
Alex Carbone, Carbone Auto Group
Symeon Tsoupelis, Jr., Symeon’s Greek Restaurant
Steve McMurray, WKTV
Kristen Copeland, WKTV
Joe Dunaway, Fust Charles Chambers LLP
Gary Heenan, Utica College Hockey Coach
Mark Richards, Lite 98.7 DJ
Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
Steve Giuffrida, BNY Mellon
Tom Neumann, First Source Federal Credit Union
Joe Meher, Best Buy
David Gogola, The Hartford


Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids under 5 are free. Tip off is at 6:30 and all proceeds benefit the Sitrin STARS Program.

Last year’s event raised over $10,000 for the Sitrin STARS Program.

photo courtesy of Sitrin, DeNicola Photography