Signed basketball to be used for fundraiser
“We couldn’t be any more excited,” said Lyle Wirtanen, Director of the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. “It is a thrill just to hold the basketball.”Lyle Wirtanen with the signed basketball.
The museum received an autographed basketball from retired NBA All-Star, John Stockton, to use as a fundraiser for the museum’s annual Raspberry Festival.
With 15,806 assists and 3,265 steals, Stockton, number “12” of the Utah Jazz, was named one of the NBA’s “50 Greatest Players in NBA History” in 1996.
 “He and Karl Malone were simply amazing,” recalled Wirtanen.
“We invented a new event just for this donation: The John Stockton Basketball Drop,” continued Wirtanen.
Raspberry Festival volunteers will mark out the high school soccer field into approximately 400, 3’x 3’ squares. Attendees of the Raspberry Festival can purchase one or a number of squares. On Sunday, August 7, at 2:30 p.m., an ultra-light will fly over the field and drop a basketball onto the grid. The square on which the ball finally rests will be the lucky winner of the John Stockton basketball.
A closeup of the ball showing John Stockton's signature.“The squares are only $10 each, or 5 for $40, and they will be available to purchase only at the Raspberry Festival. Plus, you (or your representative) must be present to win.”
Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Interested parties should contact the museum at 208-962-7123 or
The Raspberry Festival, in its 13th year, is a family-focused, fun event that brings in more than 1,500 attendees to Cottonwood, ID, population 900. In addition to the John Stockton Basketball Drop, events include: Raspberry Fun Run/Cake Walk, Arts & Crafts Festival, Show ‘n Shine, Quilt Show, raffle, live music, cultural demonstrations, lots of food, museum and chapel tours and tours of Spirit Center, the monastery’s new spirituality and conference center. All proceeds go to the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude.

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522



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