TICONDEROGA-It takes money to retain the unofficial title of "Best Fourth in North."
With that in mind the committee planning the annual Ticonderoga Fourth of July celebration will host a fundraising dinner Saturday, April 9, at the Knights of Columbus.
The dinner-dance will follow the 13th annual Best Fourth in the North Alumni Basketball Tournament held earlier that day.
Cocktail hour will be 6 to 7 p.m. and an Italian dinner will be served 7 to 8 p.m. Raffle and door prizes will be awarded at 8 p.m. followed by dancing to music provided by Decibel Entertainment.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Century 21, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce or from any committee member. For more information call 585-2233.
This year's theme is focused on looking back on past Ticonderoga Independence Days. People are asked to bring a favorite July 4th photo to receive a door prize ticket.
The dinner-dance will follow the Best Fourth in the North Alumni Basketball Tournament.
"For more than a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School gym to help support the Best Fourth in the North basketball tournament," said Bob Dedrick, who chairs the event. "This year is no exception. Alumni who graduated in the early (19)80s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against common opponents and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration."
Players are asked to come to the school at 11 a.m.
The tournament, featuring former Ticonderoga High School cagers, will begin at noon in the school gym with a three-point shooting contest at 11:45 a.m.
The day will feature four games, the final two the consolation and championship games.
Teams are determined by the year of graduation to allow graduates to compete with players who were on the roster while in high school.
"Each game is closely contested, where youth usually competes against experience," Dedrick said.
The annual event serves as an unofficial reunion and a fundraiser for the community's annual Fourth of July celebration.
"This event continues to be is an annual fund raiser for the Fourth of July," Dedrick said. "As in the past an admission fee is collected and it is hoped that the community will help support this organization and salute the former players and the referees who so generously devote their time."
The July 4th celebration committee will refreshments.
All proceeds will go toward Ticonderoga's 2011 Fourth of July celebration.
For more information contact Dedrick at 585-7408.