Scarborough – After planning to come back in person in 2022, the 28th Annual CU Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge, organized and presented by Town & Country Federal Credit Union, was held almost for the second year in a row due to uncertainty and a spike in COVID cases in the spring. To prove that the “show” should go on, the tournament used its 2021 model to hold a “virtual” 3-on-3 free throw competition for a month instead. Despite being “virtual,” the tournament raised an impressive “real” net worth raising over $50,000 for the Children’s Cancer Program in Maine.
“Up until a month or so before the event, which was scheduled to take place in March, we were planning to retake the championship in person. However, after consulting with the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, it was decided that because a number of patients and ex-patients were participating or attending, we wanted to consider Cautious about holding large gatherings, we decided it would be best to go virtual again. Fortunately, sponsors and participants were very understanding and were more than willing to support the “virtual” event again,” explained John Paradis, Senior Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Community Outreach at Town & Country, and the tournament’s founder, adding, “We actually raised the fourth highest fundraising total in the tournament’s 28-year history, which is really heartwarming.”
“Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we’ll be back in person next year, but raising more than $50,000 in a ‘virtual’ environment is something we’re really humbled by,” Paradis said.
Collectively, over 30 teams competed in the 2022 competition. The top three teams in the senior division were: Riley’s Basketball of Gray; Niners of Portland. and Town & Country FCU’s For Three of Scarborough. The top team in the three junior divisions were: High School – Town & Country None But Nate of Portland; Middle School – South Maine Hoopsters of Saco; and 5/6th grade – JAA of Falmouth and Gorham. All winners received gift cards and all participants received T-shirts.
Town & Country FCU is presenting the event as well as a number of other major sponsors including: Tyler Technologies; WEX. next level solutions; Casasa. Atlantic Title Company; MR Brewer Rinaldi Energy Enterprise Rental Cars; Martin Point Health Care; CO-OP Financial Services; discount bob furniture; Tricorp FCU; Mark Motors WGTECH; Epstein and Hunt. Casco FCU Insurance Broker Clark MOLLE Code and WPOR 101.9.
Founded in 1994, the Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge has now raised more than $650,000 for children with cancer and their families in the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, including a staggering $51,000 in 2022.
As Maine’s second largest credit union with 40,000 members, Town & Country is a full-service financial institution that provides a broad range of financial products and services to people who live, work, go to school or worship in the counties of Cumberland and York. The credit union has been rated by Forbes as one of the “Best Credit Unions in Maine” in three out of the last five years, has $480 million in assets, and is part of the largest branch network in the country. To learn more, visit http://www.tcfcu.com.