Volleyball Raises More Than $700 For Breast Cancer Research

The Felician volleyball team poses with its pink jerseys on Oct. 20, 2011.

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The totals are in, and on its second annual "Dig Pink" night on Oct. 20, the Felician College women's volleyball team raised $701. The event is run to fight breast cancer, and the funds will be donated to a northern New Jersey Chapter of Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

The Golden Falcons' most popular method of fund-raising was a raffle, in which the grand prize was a pink Pandora breast cancer bracelet. The raffle began on campus two days prior to the event. At the match, the team also sold apparel, bracelets, and refreshments and accepted door donations.

The team nearly doubled its output from its 2010 inaugural Dig Pink event. In two years, the Golden Falcons have raised $1,061 for breast cancer research.

"I am so proud of my team," said second-year Felician head coach Amber Butler. "They have a passion for this cause and they went out there and did something great to make a difference. They even spent their own money on pink jerseys and accessories to make the night a success. I also want to thank Ivan Lewis and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for their help with everything that night."

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is the color of the breast cancer awareness ribbon. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15-54.