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Company Helps Ensure Section V Basketball Championships Remain at Blue Cross Arena

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rochester, NY – February 22, 2008 – RG&E announced today that it will be a major sponsor for this year’s Section V Basketball Championship to be held at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial.  The girls championships will be held on Thursday, February 28 and Monday, March 3, 2008 and the boys championships will be held on Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1, 2008 and will showcase some of the finest basketball talent in New York State.

 “We are proud to lend our support to an event that has such a long and rich history in our community,” said Jim Laurito, RG&E’s president and chief executive officer. “Serving our communities means more than providing reliable, essential electricity and natural gas service. It also means investing in organizations and events that make our communities special.”
 

Due to rising costs, last year a number of games were in jeopardy of being moved to different locations.  In meetings with RG&E representatives tournament officials outlined a program for keeping the event at the arena affectionately known as “The Big House”. 
"The dream of all local high school boys and girls basketball players is to play in the "Big House" (BCA at the War Memorial), said Section V Boys’ Basketball Committee Chairman
 

Jack Purificato. “RG&E has generously donated funds that will cover War Memorial rental charges for the championship finals. Thus this year's contestants will be able to live that dream. We are extremely thankful for RG&E's gracious patronage and support."
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