Ascension Youth Basketball Association recently held a fundraiser to help pay medical and funeral costs of longtime volunteer Sheldon Christy.

Christy died Dec. 28 after a year long battle with cancer, AYBA President Carl Siener said.

Christy ran the Prairieville Middle School gym for the youth sports program for almost 20 years and devoted countless hours to Ascension Parish children, Siener said.

The Prairieville AYBA held a benefit Jan. 3 to raise funds to help the family with medical bills and the cost of the funeral.

The event included basketball games and concessions. Lionel Melancon’s jambalaya was sold during the event.