by Laura Streaman
The fourth annual Pink Out, held on Oct. 12, raised approximately $18,500 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Pink Out started in 2009 when Volleyball Coach Beverly Torok was battling breast cancer. Said Torok, “When I came back to school and coaching, I was still undergoing chemo [and] the kids decided … that we were going to have an event to raise money to support the cure.”
The first year’s event raised about $8,000, according to Torok. WHS has played a different team every year for Pink Out in order to spread the word, she added.
“Pink Out looks to raise awareness, raise funds and support those who are either currently battling the disease or fought and won,” said Breast Cancer Awareness Club Advisor and JV Volleyball Coach Sara Soriente.
Senior Co-Captain Nicole Boretz said: “My favorite part of Pink Out is looking at the stands and just seeing pink. It reminds me what this whole event is for.”
Said senior Co-Captain Courtney Weisse, “We are one team that has raised a substantial amount of money in order to help find a cure in this lifetime as well as raise awareness for this horrible disease.”
The organizers of Pink Out work directly with the BCAC. The money made goes directly to the Race for the Cure in the spring, according to Torok.
Said BCAC Co-President Erin Fitzpatrick: “Pink Out is a good way that the volleyball team and BCAC work together for the cause. Between these two groups, we get a lot done, and that’s why it’s always so successful.”
According to Torok, most of the money raised came from donations from businesses and families. The other funds came from the sale of food, drinks, baked goods, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle at the game.
Said Torok, “We’ve come a far way from the beginning.”