Column: No fouls here

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A technical, resulting in ejection on the basketball court just isn’t going to happen. There won’t be any free throws because there won’t be any fouls, except maybe some foul (stinky) shooting. There are no plans for officials dressed in black and white stripes to keep a close eye on the fairness of play.  No need for them because the teams on this special court will be throwing something much more meaningful than elbows.

A party is to be thrown.  Basketball Madness: A Spirited Way To Celebrate Life is a round ball kind of way to support the life-changing work conducted every day at the O’Connor House. Organizers guarantee your party dollars will lead to more shelter, education, a better life and lots of love for young women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy.

Carmel’s O’Connor House for the last nine years has provided housing to women who may or may not already have children and are faced with a crisis pregnancy.  Women who many times are desperately trying to survive, find their new home in the O’Connor House and learn quickly it’s more than just a roof over their head.

Current resident Dominique will speak at Basketball Madness, providing proof of how the House can change a woman’s life.  According to co-founder, Kris Bussick, “Dominique is a beautiful story.  She came from a very difficult situation that included abuse.  She got her GED, got a job and is now enrolled in college to become a nurse.”

Basketball Madness is focused on raising funds to create more Dominiques and provide a stable environment for the babies on the way.  All are invited to Ritz Charles on Friday, March 13, 2015 for an evening themed around Basketball.  Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite team gear and colors while “tailgating” inside the Ritz. Tickets are $75 per person and a limited number of Tailgate Tents will be sold, giving groups of 10 a unique outdoor experience indoors for $350 more.

For anyone inclined to pick up a ball and demonstrate their running jumper, bring your high-tops.  Basketballs and hoops will be in the center of the room.  To make your reservation, www.TheOconnorhouse.org or Joan Eicher at 544-8722.

This will be my last column until after the May 2015 Primary.  I became a candidate last week and will put my column on hiatus in the spirit of fairness.  Please don’t forget to vote on May 5.  Good Day, Carmel.

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