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Harlem Ambassadors to Play at Pomona in Charity Game

Exhibition basketball team Harlem Ambassadors will be entertaining crowds and facing off against a who’s-who of local politicos, 5C staff members, and community leaders at Pomona’s Rains Center on Monday, April 27, to benefit the House of Ruth.

House of Ruth is a local organization devoted to assisting women and children victimized by domestic violence. They provide programs and assistance in 13 Inland Empire cities, including Pomona, Claremont, Montclair, Upland and Ontario.

“At a time when the economy has increased stress and people feel out of control in households throughout our region, the need for domestic violence education and shelter services is significant. At the same time, our public funding sources, donors and foundations are also feeling the financial pinch of the recession,” said Sue Aebischer, House of Ruth’s executive director, in a prepared statement. “So we’re working to identify more fundraising opportunities to continue to serve the women and children who so desperately need us.”

Ticket sales, as well as team sponsorships and corporate sponsorships, will benefit House of Ruth. Corporate-level sponsors of the event include Pomona College, Doubletree Claremont, Pomona Valley Hospital and Medical Center and the Hafif Family Foundation.

Players on the 20-person “House of Ruth Hoopsters” team include Pitzer Dean of Students Jim Marchant; CMC Basketball Coach Ken Scalamanini; and former professional basketball player and CMC coach and current coach of Australian team Perth Wildcats Connor Henry. Other local figures include Upland Mayor J.P. Pomierski, La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick, Claremont city council member Sam Pedroza, Montclair City Manager Lee McDougal and Ontario Fire Captain Michael Kerns.

The game starts at 7 p.m. on April 27. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, and children under the age of five are free. Tickets are currently available at House of Ruth’s outreach office at (909) 868-8005 or through House of Ruth board members. Rains Center is located 220 E. 6th St. in Claremont. Parking is available on 4th Street or behind Bridges Auditorium.