DANSVILLE — The Dansville Central community will come together for one of their own.


On Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. the Dansville vs. Hornell Varsity Boys Basketball Game at the Dansville High School Gym will go to benefit Dansville Central Senior Nick Rosica’s mother, Lisa Rosica. Lisa Rosica passed away recently with Ovarian Cancer. This game will be played in her memory.


At about 6:30 p.m. participants can arrive for the basket raffle, T-shirts, bracelets, ornaments, and other items for sale. There will be a 50/50, and a paper airplane contest, as well as face painting. The Dansville Central seventh to 12th grade band members will play music, and a senior will sing the National Anthem before the game. Mr. Scribbles will be available too.


All proceeds will be donated to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. Donations are welcome before, during, and after the game. For those who can’t make it to the game you can drop off your donations for the benefit at Genesee Country Express until Dec. 22.


Dansville Central Senior Gabby Rettberg has known Nick Rosica since seventh grade, and calls him a best friend.


“All of our teachers, principals, coaches, and friends are involved in putting this together,” she said. “A lot of local businesses in Dansville and Hornell donated to the basket raffle, so it is the entire community.”


There have already been 220 T-shirts sold for the benefit in pre-sales. There will be some shirts available at the benefit for $20 each.


“I have been best friends with Nick for a long time, and we wanted to do something great,” Rettberg said. “He wanted to have a benefit for his mother before she passed, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Now we will be donating all of the money to the Noyes Cancer Center.”


Lisa Rosica was the Guidance Counselor at Hornell City School District, so they are going to be involved with the benefit as well.


“Nick needs people around him right now,” Rettberg said. “We planned this benefit in less than a week. Even though it was short notice, we have had a lot of support.”


Rettberg said that Lisa’s kind-hearted spirit spoke volumes to the kind of person she was.


Nick Rosica plans on studying Engineering at RIT and afterwards wants to be in the US Air Force.


“He is a brilliant kid,” Rettberg said. “He is at the top of his class. I am hoping to get accepted to RIT for Business. I want to go to college with him.”


Rettberg said that her friends have been awesome in helping her put this together.


“We recommend everyone shows up about an hour early to join in all the activities, and to get a seat,” she said. “We plan on the entire place being packed.”


Dansville Central and Hornell City School students pay one dollar, and adults pay two dollars to get in.


All the money will stay local, and go to help those suffering from cancer.