Veeder Elementary School teacher Matt Tarullo looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during last Friday’s Amy Tisa Memorial Basketball Game.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued Doran said there were no family tragedies in the Shaker Road Elementary community over the past 12 months, so they donated their portion of the proceeds to Veeder, which allowed that school to select the Aidala and Barcomb/Perez families.
“Both of the families are from Veeder, which is unusual because we usually select one family from each school,” said Doran.
The game pitted teachers from the two schools against each other in a four-quarter, 40-minute basketball contest. The skill levels ranged from beginner to expert, with former Colonie Central High School and Saint Rose basketball player Steve Doran leading the Shaker Road squad. Doran was the star, as he hit several three pointers and added a third quarter dunk to help Shaker Road beat Veeder Road 40-37.
There was more to the event than the game, though. Students participated in a silent auction for prizes ranging from pizza lunches with their teachers to a week-long trip to Antigua. Students also attended pep rallies at their respective schools earlier in the day.
“The kids are so excited,” said Doran. “They wear their school colors the whole day, and they love cheering on their teachers.”
The real winners were the Aidala and Barcomb/Perez families. They each received half of the proceeds, which Erica Doran said she was hoping would equal last year’s total of approximately $4,500.
Aidala said he plans on using some of the money raised to add to a fund set aside to build a memorial pavilion for his wife behind Veeder.
“Anything I get from this, I’m kicking back for the pavilion out back of the school and for landscaping,” said Aidala. “And any money I can give to that other family, I will. That’s an unbelievable hardship they’re going through.”
Barcomb said the support she and her family have received already has been overwhelming.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect anything,” said Barcomb. “The Veeder staff has been very supportive. I feel very blessed that they chose to honor me.”