Carmel Rotary Club’s 2020 Community Basketball Challenge Fundraising Goal - $65,000

The Carmel Rotary Club announced a $65,000 fundraising goal for the 16th Annual Community Basketball Challenge. 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 Challenge will be held on Saturday, February 29th, 9am – 12 noon at the Carmel High School Gym, 14 Fair Street in Carmel.

The Carmel Rotary Club also announced that this year’s Rotary Community Basketball Challenge is dedicated to the memory of Carmel Rotarian, the late Honorable James F. Reitz, who passed away unexpectedly, June 2019. Jim Reitz epitomized Rotary’s motto of, “Service Above Self.” Jim volunteered much of his time to our community in addition to presiding over the Putnam County Criminal, Surrogate and Family Courts, as well as being an Acting Supreme Court Justice for the 9th Judicial District. He worked passionately to support the Putnam community from our youth to senior citizens, and scouts to veterans. One of the late Judge Reitz’s utmost judicial achievements was presiding over Putnam County Treatment Court where he changed hundreds of lives. Through his successful and compassionate dedication to this Court, many citizens avoided being incarcerated and became productive and involved members of our society. His passion and compassion were recognized nationwide as an example and inspiration for other Treatment Courts in the United States.

The Rotary Basketball Challenge has become a popular event as it offers all non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds to support their mission and enhance their fundraising efforts. Last year’s Community Basketball Challenge raised over $60,000 benefitting 65 local, regional and national organizations.

Basketball Challenge Chairman, Sal Gambino and the Clubs invites organizations, adults and youth to take advantage of this fun and easy fundraiser. “This year we’ve set our goal to raise $65,000 at the Basketball Challenge,” 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. 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 Challenge call the Carmel Rotary Club at 845-225-2122.