Volleyball Raises More Than $1,600 For Breast Cancer Research

Volleyball Raises More Than $1,600 For Breast Cancer Research
Felician women's volleyball team members wore special jerseys adorned with pink numbers and the breast cancer awareness ribbon at their Dig Pink event on Oct. 19, 2012. (Lori Kwiatkowski)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The totals are in, and on its third annual "Dig Pink" night on October 19, the Felician College women's volleyball team raised $1,601. 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 New Jersey Nets jersey signed by Deron Williams and a football signed by Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets. The raffle began on campus five days prior to the Friday night event, and 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.

The Golden Falcons more than doubled the $701 they collected at their 2011 Dig Pink event. In three years, the team has raised $2,662 for breast cancer research.

"I am so proud of my team," said third-year Felician head coach Amber Butler. "They have such a passion for this cause. I am very thankful to the many family members and sponsors who made the night possible. I also want to thank the Felician athletics department and the volunteers from our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for all of their help."

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 http://www.side-out.org/application/ous/fundraising_page/57284.