Ticonderoga Independence Day is months away, but people will have an opportunity to support the annual Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” during a pair of events Saturday, March 23.
The annual Ticonderoga Alumni Basketball Tournament will begin at noon at Ti High School. All players are asked to arrive at 11 a.m.
“Best Fourth In The North Night” will be held later that day 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pub in on Montcalm Street.
Both events will benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.
“Join in the festivities and help our guest bartenders raise money from the tips they receive,” Debbie Barber, Best Fourth chairwoman, said. “All proceeds will benefit the ‘Best Fourth In The North’ celebration.
“We encourage people to participate in as many fundraisers for the Fourth of July celebration as possible,” she said. “Without the support of our area businesses and community members, the celebration we all enjoy and has become a Ticonderoga tradition couldn’t take place. The celebration costs $25 - $30,000 each year with most of that being raised by the committee.”
The names of the guest bartenders and other information on the “Best Fourth in the North” will be available on the committee’s Facebook page.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Pub for allowing us to hold this and our last fundraiser ‘Ring In The New Year’ at their business,” Barber said. “We greatly appreciate their support”
The 2012 alumni basketball tournament raised $630 for the “Best Fourth in the North.”
“For over a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School to help support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’,” said Bob Dedrick, tournament organizer and a former Ti High coach. “This year is no exception.
“Alumni who have graduated in the 1980s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against other graduates and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration,” he said.