Hoops For Hospice Donates Funds In Memory Of Billquist

Members of the Falconer and Ellicottville girls basketball teams pose for a picture Tuesday during the eighth annual "Hoops for Hospice" event. Funds raised this year will be donated in memory of Rosemary Billquist. P-J photo by Noah Rankin

For eight years, the Falconer Girls Basketball Team has rallied for a cause with the “Hoops For Hospice” event. The game’s proceeds, including tickets, basket raffle, bake sale and T-shirt sale, all go toward Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care.

This year’s game was dedicated to Rosemary “Rosie” Billquist, who was killed in a hunting accident Nov. 22 near her home in Sherman.

“Rosie was known for her kindness and dedication to volunteering for hospice,” said Emily Scholeno, PE and health teacher and coach for the Girls Varsity team. “This event was originally created in memory of Dolly Cline, the mother of one of my friends. I didn’t know Rosie, but everything I read of her reminded me of Dolly and her spirit.”

Scholeno added that Billquist’s husband, Jamie, was a graduate of Falconer.

Senior captains Hannah Binkley and Chelsey Vincent said Scholeno was a great motivating force for the event.

“She just told us to focus on the game,” said Vincent, who has also worked with the hospice for three years.

“It’s always been fun putting on (Hoops For Hospice),” added Binkley. “We have our matching shirts and clothes — it’s a great feeling of togetherness.”

The event raised over $1,600 in presale tickets and t-shirt sales as of Tuesday evening.