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Local business owner pledges $175K to Boys & Girls Club after Duke upset

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A business owner who said he'd donate $150,000 to local Boys & Girls Clubs if the Syracuse Orange Men's Basketball team upset the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils is making good on his promise, and increasing his pledge.

Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding in Owego, posted on Facebook that "I’m so confident that we have a shot to victory, that if we pull this off, I will personally donate $150,000 to our local Boys Clubs, split equally between the Tioga, Binghamton and Syracuse facilities."

Weitsman said by the end of the game, when it was clear the Orange would win, his phone started blowing up.

"I had about 1,000 texts about the post," Weitsman said.

Weitsman says he got the idea for the donation while working out at his hotel gym Monday morning.

They were talking about Syracuse recruit Isaiah Stewart, of Rochester, and how the Boys & Girls Club was a big part of his life.

Weitsman has his own personal connection to the organization. His grandfather founded the Tioga Boys & Girls Club in Owego.

"The Boys & Girls Club has always held a special place in my heart," he said.

Then, he went to lunch with Coach Jim Boeheim, who he calls a close friend.

"I told him, 'I have a weird feeling we're going to win.'"

The Orange beat Duke 95-91 in overtime and on the road in Durham, North Carolina.

Tuesday morning, Weitsman, who lives in Skaneateles, announced on Facebook that he'd donate an additional $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Club in his hometown of Endicott.

Here's how he will split the money:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse: $50,000
  • Tioga County Boys & Girls Cub: $50,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton: $50,000
  • Boys & Girls Club-Western Broome: $25,000

Weitsman plans to donate the money in the next two weeks. He plans to ask Boeheim to be there with him.

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