Shakamak Lady Lakers host "Dig Pink Night"

Thursday, November 17, 2016
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This year, the Shakamak Lady Lakers hosted our annual “Dig Pink Night” playing against the Linton Lady Miners on Sept. 29.

Amy Robertson, Shakamak volleyball coach, said the event is to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and to recognize those locally that are fighting, those that are survivors of and those the group has lost to the disease.

Both teams raised money by selling our “Dig Pink” t-shirts. The Shakamak Lady Lakers also had a bake sale during our homecoming weekend, a silent auction, a sale of Breast Cancer Awareness card stock and a raffle. The raffle was made possible by local businesses that donated prizes of their services for our event.

The group said they are thankful to all of those businesses and individuals that made this event such a success. So many people and businesses came together for this event that it would be difficult to list everyone. The Lady Lakers thank each and every one for being a part of this. In all the fundraisers the group had to raise money, they were able to donate $1,650 to the Greene County General Hospital Foundation for their mammogram program.

During Pink Night, the group also honored those that have been or are going through the fight. 41 were honored in all. Carnations and programs were given out to those or to their families that attended the event. The group was blessed these ladies and their families came out to spend the evening with us. The evening was special, as there was an outpouring of support for the cause and for those that have been affected by breast cancer.

The group is proud of the efforts of the communities. This night showed what happens when two communities become one for a cause. The Shakamak Lady Lakers and coaches decided that the funds that have been raised for the cause should be given locally. The group searched to find just the right place for donation to go and chose the GCGH Foundation mammogram program because they knew the money will help those locally that may not be able to afford the testing or treatment needed for life-saving procedures.

As co-captain and a senior of the Shakamak Lady Laker team, Alyssa Garo said, “Pink Night is a way to raise money and awareness of Breast Cancer. It’s an important cause to me because my aunt, Paula Jones, is a survivor and a loyal fan to the Shakamak Lakers. I loved sharing this night with her.”

Breast cancer is a disease that affects so many. It affects the individuals, the family and friends of those that are diagnosed by it. It is the group’s goal to raise awareness to early detection and to do what they can to help those locally with their donation.