By Lyonel Doherty
The South Okanagan All-Stars hope to teach the Harlem Ambassadors a lesson . . . in how to take it easy on local celebrities and not make them look too bad.
The Rotary Club of Oliver is finalizing the local team as it gears up for the fundraiser at Southern Okanagan Secondary School on April 30. The basketball game starts at 2 pm, with proceeds going to the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion project.
The All-Stars include Brock Jackson from EZ Rock and Randy Farmer from Sun FM. Others hoping to score some baskets are school trustee Casey Brouwer, a couple of OSS Rattlers, Ronda Jahn from the Osoyoos Times, and 11 correctional officers. Better behave or they’ll put you in jail.
Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes will coach, while MLA Linda Larson will be the water girl. Also watch for Kyle (The Smiler) from The Painted Chair.
Chamber of Commerce president Brian Highley will also try to score a few and take care of the business side of things.
Devon Wannop, chief financial officer for the Town of Oliver, will ensure that everything balances, including the ball.
All-Star team coordinator Dale Cory from Rotary is actively recruiting other stars, including a couple from Oliver Elementary School and one or two from the SOSS Hornets. (The celebs have to score at least one basket.)
However, all is resting on The Twin Towers – Legionnaire Peter McKenna and the Chronicle’s Randy Kassian, whose five feet stature may intimidate some of the Ambassadors into not wanting to hurt him too badly.
The Rotary Club will host a barbecue at 1 pm prior to game start. The Legion will host a post-game party afterwards.