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Media Classic produces for Special Olympics

After all of the bills have been paid, the Media Classic cleared some money this year.

The Classic, a boys and girls all-star basketball series that began in 1994 pitting the best high school players from the Tri-City Herald readership area against the best from the Yakima Herald-Republic area, was staged in late March at Pasco High School.

It rotates between Yakima and the Tri-Cities, so next year it will be in Yakima.

This year, with the help of Pepsi and Roundtable Pizza -- two local businesses that each donated $500 -- we were able to write Special Olympics a check for $1,500 and some change.

That doesn't always happen.

And an event such as this just doesn't happen overnight.

People like Paul Whitemarsh, who recently retired from the Pasco Parks and Recreation Department, and the Herald's Parker Hodge, are two people who made sure things ran smoothly.

Then there were the volunteers who donated their time to keep score, run the clock, take tickets, assume the public announcement duties or even officiate the game.

It's great to see an event make money that can go to a great cause.

And hopefully, the Media Classic can continue on for years to come.