Basketball event shoots for 7th year

SOUTHINGTON — The seventh annual This Means War 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament & Chinese Auction, a family-friendly event that raises money to offset medical expenses incurred by area residents fighting breast cancer, is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Chalker High School, 2482 state Route 534.

The festivities also will feature face painting and balloon animals by Bubbles-N-Swirls of Middlefield in the morning, as well as other children’s activities and entertainment throughout the day.

The double-elimination basketball tournament will include more than 150 youth and adult players in the divisions of grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and adults only.

Register for the tournament at through Oct. 12. No game-day registrations will be accepted. The cost to participate is $20 per youth player and $25 per adult player. The cost of the tournament will increase by $5 per person for those who register after Oct. 8. The entry fee includes one slice of pizza, one bottle of water and Chinese auction tickets. Tournament prizes range from trophies to $120 in gift cards to $300 in cash.

A half-court shot contest also will take place in which winners will earn free steak for a year from Texas Roadhouse in Niles. Each shot is $5 and each shooter will receive a coupon for a free appetizer. Participation is open to anyone.

The Chinese auction will offer more than 100 items, including four Disney World park hopper passes, Kalahari Resort tickets, a flat-screen TV and scratch-off lottery ticket tree as well as gift certificates to family fun parks, sporting events and restaurants.

Admission is free.

The fundraiser, organized by the Beth Ann Vanek This Means War Against Breast Cancer nonprofit, is sponsored by Great Lakes Cheese / Adams Reserve, The Hope Center for Cancer Care and Diane Sauer Chevrolet.

Since its inaugural event in 2011, the nonprofit has raised roughly $43,000 to benefit Trumbull County breast cancer survivors. This year’s recipient is Alexandria Baker, 27, of Warren, a mother of two who underwent a lumpectomy Aug. 28.

This Means War Against Breast Cancer was co-founded by Beth Ann Vanek, who was diagnosed with the disease at age 30, and her sister, Kelli Weir.

More information about the fundraiser and the nonprofit can be found online at The group also can be found on Facebook as WarAgainstBreastCancer and on Twitter at @WarAgainstBC.