WVMS vs. Harlem Wizards b-ball game puts the fun in fundraising (GALLERY)


WVMS vs. Harlem Wizards b-ball game puts the fun in fundraising (GALLERY)

January 12, 2024

Warwick Valley Middle School students, staff and their families had a blast during the WVMS Educators vs. Harlem Wizards Fundraiser Basketball Game on Thursday night. The event, presented by WVMS and the WVMS PTA, sold nearly 1,000 tickets, including premium meet-and-greet packages. In all, the event raised significant funds that will benefit WVMS students. 

The near-capacity crowd had smiles on their faces even before tip-off, as the Harlem Wizards delivered on expectations from the moment they stepped on the WVMS court! They wowed the crowd with their basketball skills and tricks to kick things off, and kept the audience involved once the game tipped off, by pausing the action for crowd- and student-participation segments.

Final Score: Everyone wins! But really… 68-63, Wizards.

WVMS Principal, and WVMS player, Jared Yapkowitz shared that the WVMS vs. Harlem Wizards fundraiser is the largest event the school has hosted during his six years here in Warwick, and thanked the WVMS PTA for all of their amazing hard work, collaborating with administration to plan and execute a fantastic evening. He recognized the following people for their contributions to making it such a resounding success!

Tom Rauschenbach

Official Score Keeper:
Patti O’Connor

Christina Galow

Joanna Klein
Teamma Padilla
Scott Pizanie
Afdal Tehseldar

Brett Algera
Chelsea Fox
Brad Garcia
Anthony Gray
Rachel Heller
Kate King
Francesca Long
Taylor Mann
Kerrin McKeever
Hayley Mistler
Warren Patafio


Megan Ottochian
Kyle Putnam
Chris Radon
Nicole Rose
Joan Rueckert
Jordan Slattery
Tia Thomson
Garrett Woods
Bill Zwart

Theresa Maybeck, Co-President
Jessica Mikos, Co-President
Coleen Carroll, Co-VP
Kristin Donnelly, Co-VP
Brianne Morgan, Treasurer
Stacy Cordero,
Recording Secretary
Sonia Melendez Rodriguez,
Corresponding Secretary



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