Riverton and Lander firefighters square off tomorrow in cancer fundraiser basketball game

RVFD Asst. Chief David Woolery. (Leslie Stratmoen photo)

RVFD Asst. Chief David Woolery. (Leslie Stratmoen photo)

By Joshua Scheer, reporter, County10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton and Lander Volunteer Fire Departments will playing their third annual charity basketball game tomorrow night to raise funds for local cancer patients.

The game starts at 6 p.m. at Riverton High School. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $3 for children, $5 for adults. A family package of two adults and two children is $15. All proceeds to the Tough Enough to Help Cancer Fund.

“I believe this is a very important fundraiser,” Riverton Volunteer Fire Capt. David Woolery said. He emphasized that the money raised stays in the county to help local cancer patients. The game’s first year brought in $4,200 and last year $9,600 as raised. This year Woolery hopes to top $10,000.

To further aid in fundraising, a live auction will be held at half time, and a silent auction will take place throughout the game. Guns, a pink fire helmet, Coach purses, Denver Bronco tickets and more are up for grabs in the auction. Woolery said not counting any ticket sales or auction items, local businesses have already donated $3,500.

The idea for the game was conceived in late 2010, he said, in conversations with the late Judy Bates. “The Lander fire department always wanted to play us in basketball,” Woolery said.

The last two years, Lander has defeated Riverton. Woolery is hoping to turn the losing streak around.

“The Riverton fire department has been practicing two to three times a week,” Woolery said, noting that they started the regular practices in January.

“Our guys have been practicing since January,” Lander Volunteer Chief Eric Siwik said. In February, the team bumped its practices to twice in a week. “We’re prepared to win again,” he said.

In addition to the good cause, Siwik said the games have served to bring the two departments’ “brotherhoods” closer together.

“Both the Lander and Riverton fire departments would like to thank the community for their dedication and service,” Woolery said.

Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be pre-purchased by calling 857-6729 or 332-2209.