ACRD antes up for celeb hoops event

ACRD gives $2,500 to Jericho Road Church's Unity Celebrity Basketball Game.

The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District is giving $2,500 to Jericho Road Church’s Unity Celebrity Basketball Game on Oct. 4, billed as a fundraiser for Jericho Road and local service clubs.

Jericho Road Church associate pastor Harold “Lefty” Williams addressed regional directors last Thursday, telling them that he has invited numerous celebrities and athletes who will speak and entertain at the Athletic Hall. His original request was more than what he received.

“I am asking for at least $3,000,” Williams told the ACRD board. “This event is happening. I sent an invitation to the [Premier Christy Clark] and I heard back that she is interested in attending.”

Some of the people confirmed to attend are NFL and CFL player Frank Murphy, recording artist Dewon, actress Paige Hurd and various other athletes, Williams said.

ACRD directors spoke favourably about Williams’s event. “I think it’s very positive,” said Cherry Creek director Lucas Banton. “There are no barriers to playing basketball. If you have a ball and a hoop, you can play it.”

“I think it’s important for that region and extremely beneficial for the community,” said Long Beach director Tony Bennett, who challenged the other directors to each donate $50 to make up the $500 difference in what the ACRD is giving and what Williams requested.

Williams also approached Port Alberni city council for funding in July but was referred to the Community Investment Program.

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