Posted by Sal Gambino on Jan 18, 2018


The Carmel Rotary Club announced a $60,000 fundraising goal for the 11th Annual Community Basketball Shootout. This popular annual event organized by the Carmel Rotary Club and Carmel High School Interact Club offers non-profit organizations in Putnam County the opportunity to raise funds to support their organizations. This year’s Community Basketball Shootout will be held on Saturday, March 3rd, 9am – 12 noon at the Carmel High School Gym, 14 Fair Street in Carmel.

The Carmel Rotary Club also announced Bob and Wendy Gentile as the 2018 Rotary Community Basketball Shootout Honorees. The Gentiles have supported and taken part in the success of this event since it began, in 2008. They’ve continually been among the top fundraisers at the Basketball Shootout. Bob and Wendy Gentile have a history of developing programs and working with the children and families of our community, county, state and even internationally. Bob has been the driving force at Camp Herrlich for the past 27 years, leading the organization as its Executive Director. Wendy also has an extensive history with Camp Herrlich and the Carmel School District. The Gentiles have moved the Camp Herrlich from a part- time summer camp to a year-round educational center now caring for 400 campers and 100 staff each day in the summer. Camp Herrlich’s programs have grown into year round, successful partnerships with neighboring school districts, local organizations and NYC schools and organizations. Bob and Wendy exemplify the Rotary motto, Service Above Self, their hands and heart are never far from their work.

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The Rotary Basketball Shootout has become a popular event as it offers all non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds to support their mission. Last year’s Community Basketball Shootout raised over $52,000 benefitting 45 organizations.

Basketball Shootout Chairman, Sal Gambino invites organizations, adults and youth to take advantage of this fun and easy fundraiser. “This year we’ve set our goal even higher - $60,000,” according to Sal Gambino. “We are confident that this goal is attainable with our nonprofit organizations and community’s participation and will help provide a wide variety of vital programs and services in Putnam County and beyond.” For example, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County participated in the Basketball Shootout last year and raised over $3,500. Executive Director, Marjorie Keith says, “It’s a very easy way to raise money for your organization and you don’t have to be a basketball player to participate.” For information on how to participate in the Community Basketball Shootout call Sal Gambino at 845-228-9115 or visit the Carmel Rotary Club Website