PALMYRA — Don’t expect a lot of noise in the first moments of the Palmyra-Macedon boys varsity basketball team’s home game against Midlakes Friday, at least not when it comes to the host Red Raiders.
It’s not because they’re a tough crowd. All that silence is for a good cause.
By design, the host Raiders won’t get any cheers until they score their eighth point in the game, which takes place Friday, Dec. 20.
Last year the event raised money for the victims of Hurricane sandy, and this year, all proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.
The Ronald McDonald House in Rochester provides a home-away-from-home for families whose children are being treated at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Pal-Mac basketball has a long association of supporting the hospital and the house.
“The Ronald McDonald House has been a chosen focus on many occasions, as the teams in years past have gone and cooked meals for the facility,” event organizer Anne Morrell said.
Coach Ron Albert started the fundraising event after reading a poem about Taylor University's annual Silent Night.
“This is the initial motivation for the idea that I had several years ago,” Albert said. “The poem originally appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine. Dan (Harris) and I thought what a cool idea. and we ran with it.”
The local night’s festivities include selected Palmyra Community Center leagues playing at halftime during the JV game, which begins at 6 p.m. Superintendent Bob Ike will read a special Christmas poem after the JV game followed by cookies with Santa. There will also be several fundraising contests during halftime of the varsity game.
With all the effort by so many put into preparing for Silent Night, the event also serves as a wonderful way to build community spirit during the holiday season, say organizers.
“The coaches, as well as the entire Pal-Mac teaching staff, instill in the students community services and giving back,” Morrell said. “It has become part of the ‘Pal-Mac way.’ This time of year, it is a great opportunity to give to those in need.”