4TH ANNUAL GARDINER MEMORIAL BASKETBALL CLASSIC TOURNAMENT BRINGS TEAMS TOGETHER FROM NEAR AND FAR FOR WEEKEND OF ON THE COURT FUN Three College-Bound Community Members Awarded $1,500 Scholarships

From: GERSOWITZ, LIBO & KOREK, P.C.

Contact: Dan Klores Communications

Ed Tagliaferri/ Daniel Roberti

212-981-5182 / 212-981-5133

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4TH ANNUAL GARDINER MEMORIAL BASKETBALL CLASSIC TOURNAMENT BRINGS TEAMS TOGETHER FROM NEAR AND FAR FOR WEEKEND OF ON THE COURT FUN

Three College-Bound Community Members Awarded $1,500 Scholarships

(Bronx, NY) August 15th – Players will converge on a Bronx basketball court this weekend for the 4thAnnual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Tournament. Teams from local communities, and even as far away as Mississippi, will show off their skills in the two day competition while spectators enjoy free food and beverages courtside. In addition to the tournament, which is sponsored by Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., three college-bound community members will each be awarded $1,500 in scholarships. In addition, the event provides the opportunity for families from the community and abroad who have suffered a tragic loss of a loved one to be recognized and supported.

“The tournament has grown into a really special event over the last four years and we are so happy to be awarding scholarships to help these students as they enter college,” Dexter Gardiner said. “Everyone always has a great time getting to know each other on and off the court, celebrating our lives while honoring those we dearly miss, and enjoying a little friendly competition.”

The tournament, which is the Gardiner Family Foundation’s major event, was founded by Dexter Gardiner in memory of family members who passed away in 2006. After losing his mother and sister in 2006, he lost 5 family members and a close friend in an automobile accident on the Bronx River Parkway in July of that year. The Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic, which began as a small community event, is now a foundation that reaches out to families who are suffering from the loss of loved ones offering them emotional and spiritual support.

“It is truly wonderful to have so many teams coming out to compete on the court and celebrate the achievements of three great kids,” said Jeff S. Korek, a partner in Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. “The Gardiner Family Foundation does fantastic work in the community and I am honored to be a part of this year’s tournament.”

Korek and Gardiner met at a pick-up basketball game three years ago. Korek and Gardiner continued to play basketball in the same amateur league, leading to Korek and his firm to support the foundation and sponsor the annual tournament.

(8) selected teams will compete in the tournament which begins on Saturday and will culminate in a championship game Sunday afternoon. The games take place on the outdoor basketball courts on West 192nd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx with each day’s games kicking off at twelve noon. In case of rain, the tournament will be moved to Gaucho’s Gym at 478 Gerard Avenue in the Bronx.

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  • Mercerlino & fredrica Bryant

    Wow!!! What an awesome weekend it was…the memorial was a blast!!! This weekend was great….everything about it was fantastic! The comaradarie between everyone and the dedication and effort of everyone was evident and it was extremely touching to many, including my family. Let me first start by saying Dexter & Shelly Gardiner are a tremendous factor to this organization and community. Their hard work and tireless efforts do not go in vain. It is truly amazing to see what they pull off every year…and believe me every year it just gets better and better! My son was a recipient of a $1500 scholarship and I was never more proud of him and also of this event. We felt so immensely proud to be a part of the memorial and my son felt awesome…so greatful….so humbled by his experience of this tournament that he wants to be a part of it next year and even compete in the basketball tournament with his father. Now that would be an awesome thing to witness, father and son playing on the same team and for a great cause. I am so blessed and just wanted to share with you just how we feel. This event is a blessing to many and it should be publicly known that it is one of the most awesome events ever…I have never witnessed so much love and acts of kindness and sharing like this EVER!!!! This organization and all who are involved are to be commended for such an awesome job…Please know that your efforts are not in vain just from the crowds and all of the positive reactions and outcomes it is evident that it will always be a huge success because of the genuinesss and sincereness that is put into it…Im forever grateful to Dexter and his family, your organization, and other sponsors for reaching to the masses and pulling us together as a collective unit…a family!!! Thank you guys for everything that you do we appreciate it!!! God bless you all…
    Sincerely
    Mercerlino & Fredrica Bryant

    August 21, 2012

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