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Fundraiser helps give area youth YMCA, basketball memberships

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A Binghamton man who grew up playing hoops wants to make sure other young kids have the same opportunity.

Matt Scanlon held a fundraiser Tuesday evening at the House of Reardon on Grant Street.

He was raising money for an effort he calls YMCA Scholarships for Our Youth.

Scanlon began the effort on Facebook about a month ago to ensure that some disadvantaged kids can take advantage of what the Binghamton Y has to offer.

"Get those kids involved.  Basketball played a big role in my life so kids who can't afford a basketball membership or just the YMCA membership in general, what we're doing is we're trying to raise money for them," said Scanlon.

The House of Reardon donated 20 percent of the register for sales made between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m, which came out to $311.

That's the most money raised since Reardon's began a new policy of raising money for local charities on Tuesday nights.

If you'd like to support the cause, make a check out to the YMCA, put Matt Scanlon's name in the memo line and drop the check off at either the Y or at Reardon's.

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