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Basketball Shootout With Tallahassee Commission


By: Lanetra Bennett
October 23, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee City Commissioners traded in their suits skirts for T-shirts Wednesday.

It's the "Battleback Basketball Blowout".

Tallahassee City Commissioners and appointed officials had a free-throw basketball shoot out outside of the commission chambers Wednesday.

Mayor John Marks says, "I told them already, I can only dunk and this thing doesn't allow me to dunk."

Marks got a couple dunks in anyway. But, hey, there were no rules. So, the refs let the pushing and shoving slide, too.

Anything to get a basket because the more balls going through the hoops, the more dollars going to the City's "Stand Tall and Grab a Ball for United Way" campaign.

Commissioner Andrew Gillum says, "The true winners are going to be the many human service organizations in our community who are the recipients of the money that we raise for the United Way of the Big Bend."

The overall winner was Commissioner Gil Ziffer.

"To be able to participate and help raise money for that cause, I think all of us were really happy to do that, no matter how embarrassing it was for my colleagues." Ziffer says with humor.

Each participant will be asked to make a monetary donation that is equal to or higher than the total points made.


Press Release: City of Tallahassee

Do you want to make a big difference in your community? Well, then, get involved with the City of Tallahassee's "Stand Tall and Grab the Ball for United Way" campaign. This campaign aims to raise nearly $275,000 for United Way of the Big Bend. With this contribution, 45 different human service agencies in our region can make a big difference in the lives of many families, friends and neighbors. To raise money and call attention to this charitable campaign, the office of the Mayor and City Commission declare tomorrow, Oct. 23, "City Commission United Way Day."

In addition to trading in their business suits for United Way t-shirts, the Mayor and City Commissioners will take part in festivities throughout the day. Beginning at 9 a.m., City employees and the public will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for $1 each at City Hall, located at 300 S. Adams Street, for a chance to win prizes from area businesses including Whole Foods, Millennium Day Spa, Trader Joe's, Bass Pro Shop and others. Winners of this "Celebrity Drawing" will be announced at the City Commission meeting and aired on the City's public access channel, WCOT Comcast and CenturyLink Channel 13. Winners need not be present to claim prizes. Tickets may be purchased until 7 p.m.

At 3 p.m., outside the City Commission Chambers, the Mayor, City Commissioners and appointed officials will shoot it out in a basketball free throw contest. The final two ballers will duke it out in a "Battleback Basketball Blowout," which is a fast pace, winner-take-all game. Two donated trophies are up for grabs to be proudly displayed on the dais during the City Commission meeting. The two trophies include "Overall Winner" and "Most Likely NOT to be Drafted by the NBA." Each participant will be asked to make a monetary donation that is equal to or higher than the total points achieved.

Additionally, John Hogan, United Way 2013 - 2014 campaign chairman, and Heather Mitchell, president of United Way, will present a progress report on the City's donations to date at the City Commission meeting.

Last year, City of Tallahassee employees contributed nearly $250,000 to the United Way. This year, the City is on its way to raising its goal of $274,850. The City's United Way campaign will come to an end on Nov. 21.

For more information on the City's United Way campaign, please call chairpersons Mike Tadros, general manager of Underground Utilities, at 891-5107 or Sabrina Holloman, chief information systems officer of Information Systems Services (ISS), at 891-8402.


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