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Over $10,000 raised Friday night at St. Marys/ECC boys’ bball game to help victims of Thursday fire

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Over $10,000 was raised Friday night in support of the Kline/Cherry family at St. Marys High School when the Dutch hosted Elk County Catholic in a D9 League matchup.

Two members of the family perished Thursday in a house fire in Fox Township including 44-year old Rhonda Kline and 15-year old Adam Cherry, a student at St. Marys High School and the brother of St. Marys girls’ basketball player Jenna Cherry, a senior.

According to Tony Azzato, St. Marys baseball coach, the school asked for donations instead of charging admission at Friday night’s game and the 50/50 was donated to the family as well including the winners portions which was donated back.

“The Lady Dutch hoops did a ‘Miracle Minute’ at halftime where the players ran through the stands with donation cans and made $2,000 just in that minute,” Azzato told in an e-mail.  

St. Marys is planning on doing the same thing at Saturday’s girls’ basketball game vs. Elk County Catholic.

Anyone interested in helping the family is asked to go to the crowd-funding page set up at

Read story on the fire via the Associated Press and via WJAC-TV.