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Big Apple Classic not for profit event for the American Cancer Society in Duffy Square on Dec. 6th.

WHEREAS, The Big Apple Classic is an annual basketball competition among major southern colleges held each year in Madison Square Garden that attracts upwards of 12,000 spectators, many of whom are African American men; and

WHEREAS, The American Cancer Society is a sponsor of the Big Apple Classic in order to raise awareness of the benefits of early cancer screening for African-American men, and will be a sponsor of as many as five other events affiliated with the Big Apple Classic; and

WHEREAS, The Big Apple Classic and the American Cancer Society have applied for a permit to hold a drum line competition in Duffy Square on Saturday, December 6, 2008, with set up beginning at 10:30 am, and tear down finishing at 5:00 pm; and

WHEREAS, A drum line competition is a tradition at many historically black colleges and consists of judged performances of precision marching and drum playing by teams of 10-15 people, which “serves to rally excitement and promote school spirit through showmanship and excellent musicianship”; and

WHEREAS, The event: (a) will be held on a platform to be constructed at the southern end of Father Duffy Square, (b) will be free to the public, (c) will not sell any material, (d) have signage limited to one banner about 10’ wide, and (e) might be televised by BET or MTV; and

WHEREAS, A fee of at least $18,000 will be made to the Parks Department, and, pursuant to Parks Department policy, the event will not make use of the red seating area other than for spectators, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by Big Apple Classic to hold a drum line competition in Father Duffy Square on December 6, 2008. 

The above resolution passed by a vote of 28 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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