COAL TOWNSHIP ­­­­- The 10th annual Salvation Army Adult Benefit Basketball Tournament held this past weekend at the Shamokin Area Junior-Senior High School gymnasium and annex gym, proved to be the most financially successful in its 10-year history.

Chris Venna and Brian Persing, tourney co-chairmen and members of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, reported a profit of $3,004.85 that will benefit the local Salvation Army for its charitable endeavors throughout the Shamokin-Mount Carmel and surrounding areas.

Venna and Persing expressed their appreciation to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) officials who volunteered their services, those who made donations of food or supplies, volunteered their time or made monetary donations and to all the teams who participated along with their sponsors,

They expressed their appreciation to the administration and members of Shamokin Area School Board for use of the district gymnasiums and to the district custodial staff.

The financial breakdown included team registrations of $1,750, private donations of $460, concession stand, $801.65 and kettle donations at the door, $293,29. Expenses for garbage/rental, supplies and trophies were $300.

Trophies were awarded to E. Mortgage Management, champions; James Pizza, runners-up; Tire Ranch, third, and Klebon Insurance, fourth.

Those who volunteered their time, donated food or supplies or made monetary donations, were Janice Kotwica, Ron (Buddy) Knoebel, Earl Sheriff of Irish Isle, Henry Linton, Ned and Karen Sodrick, Flo James of James Pizza, Violette Feudale, Patty Kelley, Harry Deitz, Paul Metrocavage, Jeff and Maxine Kashner, Robert Getchey, SYGBL players and coaches, Persing and Venna.

Shamokin Area Junior-Senior High School student workers, were Shannon Levi, Stephanie Dressler, Sean Wagner, Matt Reichner, Marlena Ford, Marissa Leshock, Caleb Stahl, Logan Mirolli, Nathanial Montiel and Dante Picarelli.

PIAA officials who volunteered their time: Dwayne Scicchitano, Mark Prusch, Steve Lapotsky, Brad Nahodil, Corey Houser, Marion Valanoski, Mike Slodysko, Rich Weikel, Jesse Butler, Justin Rickert, Marc Persing, Casey Savitski, Chris

Venna, Dennis Hepler, Ed Griffiths, Steve Jacoby, Jim Fiamoncini, Rick Miller, Matt Spears and John Palacz.

Maj. Tina Streck, commanding officer of the local Salvation Army, expressed her thanks to Venna and Persing for their leadership with the tournament, along with all those who volunteered their time, made monetary donations or gave supplies with special thanks to the PIAA officials who donated their time.