Rivals square off in fifth annual event at Finger Lakes CC to raise money for local charities

For the fifth year in a row, Finger Lakes Community College will host basketball games between high school rivals Canandaigua Academy and Victor to benefit local charities.

The fifth Commodore Cup will be played on Thursday in the gym at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The girls team plays at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:45 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot up the hill and behind the main building for a shorter walk to the gym.

The event is named for its sponsor, Commodore Plastics, a foam products company in East Bloomfield. At its inception, Brad Braddon, president of Commodore Plastics, had children in Victor schools and his siblings, Jeff and Anne, had children in the Canandaigua district.

The Victor and Canandaigua booster clubs organized the inaugural event in 2012 with the help of Frank Clark, the then-boys basketball coach in Victor; Mike Broderick, the boys basketball coach in Canandaigua; and Bob Lowden, FLCC athletic director. Kevin Downey is now coach of the Victor boys team, while Blake Smith leads the district’s girls team. Mike Brennan coaches the Canandaigua girls team.

More than $12,000 has been raised to benefit the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard and the Canandaigua Churches in Action food pantry.

Entry is $5 general admission or $3 with student ID. Funds will also be raised with 50/50 raffles.  Several FLCC athletes and coaches will help run the event.

Doug Emblidge, anchor at 13WHAM news in Rochester, will emcee an awards ceremony following the games, while the public address system will be manned by Canandaigua native Pete “The Mayor” Kennedy of Rochester radio station 100.5 The Drive.