DuBOIS — The DuBois Dream team — in the midst of preparing for its third basketball season — is reaching out to benefit the community.
Albert Varacallo, player and owner, said the DuBois Dream is excited to be partnering with the U.S. Marine’s Toys for Tots program and the DuBois Food Pantry to bring the “Small Business Saturday” Charity Exhibition Game against the NYC Unbreakable Talent on Saturday, Nov. 24, at DuBois Central Catholic School. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. Admission is free if those attending bring a canned food item or a toy to donate to the cause.
“The Charity Exhibition Game is a way to give back to the community and non-profits in our area, while also giving fans a first look at some of the new Dream players that may be playing for us this season,” said Varacallo. “We try to play the game over Thanksgiving weekend so family and friends who are back from college or just visiting can come out and watch us play.”
“With the holiday season right around the corner, all I could think about was that kids and families need food around the holidays and kids deserve toys,” Varacallo said. “So the two organizations — Toys for Tots and DuBois Food Pantry — just seemed to work and fall into place. My cousin, Beth Ann Roy, had contacts at both places and they were excited to partner up so it made it even better.”
Joe Woods, local coordinator for the Toys for Tots program, expressed appreciation to the community for their donations to the charitable organization which collects new unwrapped toys and distributes those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Toys for Tots has given toys to 1,600 children in Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk counties, he said.
In addition, the game is being played on Small Business Saturday so DuBois Dream has been planning various ways to get the small businesses involved, said Varacallo.
“We are teaming up with the Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group to bring some of the fans and the community out that morning,” said Varacallo.
Aaron Fairman, of Downtown Imprints, has been working hard on introducing a new Dream Team Store at his shop located at 55 W. Long Ave., in DuBois.
“We will be unveiling that on Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon,” said Varacallo. “With the unveiling, we will have discounts on new Dream gear, door prizes, special Dream guest appearances, and will even have Santa and Mrs. Claus there.”
To further help with the Dream’s causes that day, if fans bring in a new or unused toy and a non-perishable food item to the team store opening, they will not only receive admission into the Charity Game, but they will also receive a discount on our new Dream gear,” Varacallo said. “It should be a really fun day all around.”
Last year’s Charity Exhibition Game against Sideline Cancer was a big success so Varacallo expects the same for this year’s tournament. He noted that DuBois Dream will team up with Sideline Cancer later in the season.
“We hope to see everyone there for some family fun and entertaining basketball over Thanksgiving weekend,” Varacallo said.