Young Dems host charity basketball event

Borough elected officials eked out a win against the Queens Young Democrats at a basketball game hosted last weekend to benefit a Rego Park food pantry.

The Queens Young Democrats, a youth arm of the Queens Democratic Party comprised of 16- to 36-year-olds who seek to encourage more political participation, hosted the 27-25 showdown at Resurrection Ascension Church.

More than $1,200 was raised for the church’s food pantry, according to Angel Vazquez, the group’s diversity and outreach director.

“I am proud that we were able to really benefit the Resurrection Ascension Church Food Pantry with over $1,200, which will go a long way in helping families this holiday season,” Vazquez said in a press release. “Playing basketball and engaging in a little healthy competition with the elected officials exposed our members to another side of politics — the more light-hearted side. I thank the church for hosting us, and I thank everyone who attended for this good cause.”

The elected official team included City Council members Costa Constantinides, Elizabeth Crowley and Mark Weprin; state Assemblymen Michael DenDekker, Ron Kim and Jeff Aubry; and state Sen. Jose Peralta.

Sarina Trangle

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