RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The totals are in, and on its fourth annual "Dig Pink" night on October 11, the Felician College women's volleyball team raised $1,335. The event is run to fight breast cancer, and the funds will be donated to the Side-Out Foundation.
The Golden Falcons' most popular method of fund-raising was a series of raffles, in which the grand prizes included sports memorabilia such as a basketball signed by Rasheed Wallace and an autographed photo of Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams. The drawings were held between the second and third sets of Felician's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference match against Bloomfield College.
At the match, the team also sold apparel and accepted door donations.
"It was so nice to see first our team, and then our campus community, come together to support this cause," said team co-captain Sarah Shebel (Chandler, Ariz./Perry), a sophomore setter and defensive specialist. "Whether or not we know someone with breast cancer, anyone on our team could get it someday. It could happen to anyone, and that's why this is so important to us."
The Golden Falcons, guided by fourth-year head coach Amber Butler of Secaucus, fell just short of the $1,601 they collected at their 2012 Dig Pink event. However, in four years, the team has raised $3,997 for breast cancer research.
"I am very proud of the efforts shown by our volleyball coaching staff and players over these last few years," said Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. "Their work to keep raising money for this cause is commendable."
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is the color of the breast cancer awareness ribbon. Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among American women.
Donations to the Side-Out Foundation can still be made in the name of Felician College Women's Volleyball at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/7025. Versions of the T-shirts sold at the match remain available as well by contacting coach Butler at (201) 559-3333 or ButlerA@felician.edu.