(Carson) With a charity basketball game, the Carson United Methodist Church has raised over $4,000 to fight malaria.
The 1986 boys state basketball qualifying team from Oakland squared off against the 2013 boys state basketball qualifying team of Riverside Saturday in an event that was designed to raise money for ‘Imagine No Malaria.’
Pastor Brody Tubaugh explains ‘Imagine No Malaria’ is an effort to end malaria related deaths in Africa. On average a child dies once every sixty seconds from malaria related causes. An estimated 750 people attended game and pitched in to help the cause.
“There were people from all three communities...it was almost a big reunion feel," stated Tubaugh, "It was just wonderful. There was a meal, a silent auction, and then the game. It was a great day for the Riverside community, the United Methodist Church, and the spirit of people helping those in need.”
The main event of the fundraiser was the basketball game between the two state qualifying teams. In the end, the 1986 group prevailed.
"The old timers got it done. It was close the whole time...early on there were some calls shaded to the old guys, but towards the end of the game they called it straight up and the old guys just came with a lot of fire."
Pastor Tubaugh thanks the community and all of the volunteers for the support.