ALL-STAR Labor Classic Nets Funds For United Cerebral Palsy

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Philadelphia’s labor community celebrated a slam dunk at Sunday’s ALL-STAR Labor Classic.

Dozens of local union members and labor leaders played their part raising money for United Cerebral Palsy Foundation at the 25th Annual All Star Labor Classic held at Upper Dublin High School.

Labor leaders took to court with with some young basketball stars in the All-Star Labor Classic pre-game fundraiser for charity against a team of Delaware Valley-based Media stars.

In the main event, the city’s best high-school basketball players played the best of the Suburbs in the All-Star Classic. The suburbs came out on top in the boys game, defeating their city neighbors, 107-85. The suburban girls also got the better of the city girls, 48-39.

Among those courtside were labor leaders and co-sponsors: John Dougherty, Business Manager of IBEW Local 98; Pat Eiding, President Philadelphia AFL-CIO; Pat Gillespie, President, Philadelphia Building Trades; and Wayne Miller, Business Manager of Sprinkler Fitters Local 692.

Democratic Attorney General candidate Pat Murphy and Philadelphia Family Court Judge Kevin Dougherty were also courtside.

The event was sponsored by Philadelphia’s organized labor.

The All-Star Labor Classic began in 1987 when Philadelphia’s Organized Labor chose a project that could be repeated year after year with enthusiasm. Twenty-five years later, the All Star Labor Classic remains one of the region’s most highly anticipated basketball tournaments. It features the best male and female high school basketball players in public, private and parochial schools from the five‑county area in a “City vs. Suburbs” match up.

Throughout its 25-year history, the All Star Labor Classic has raised over 2 million dollars to benefit United Cerebral Palsy and high school athletes. The money raised by this daylong event helps support vital programs and services for children and adults with disabilities in the five-county Philadelphia area and awards scholarships to the All Star players.

United Cerebral Palsy is located 102 East Mermaid Lane. For more information, please call 215-242-4200.

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