Raising Money for Awareness

By: Abigail McArthur, Contributing Writer

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the annual Pink Out game was held at CHS. The CHS girls’ basketball team sponsored the event. Not only was Centralia involved in the fundraiser this year, but Southern Boone, our opponents at the game, also helped raise money.

The girls’ team raised $1,500 this basketball season. Every year CHS chooses a different organization to receive the money from the event. This year the money will be donated to the Mammography Van, a part of the Ellis Fischel Hospital.

Danielle Bennett, who helped organize the event, said, “ We were fortunate to have Robin Dianics with us from Ellis Fischel. She talked to the crowd about the mission of the Mamm Van and how this service benefits people in rural areas. Also, she expressed her sincere appreciation for our support.”

Each year at this game fans and players dress in pink and host a fundraiser to support breast cancer awareness. This year the basketball teams raised money through T-shirt sales and several raffles. They raffled off a pink basketball with signatures from the players–Centralia had one with its athletes on it, and Southern Boone had a ball that displayed their players’ names.

Becca Schemmer, head girls’ basketball coach, is excited about hosting the event each year. She is motivated to host the Pink Out game because she feels like it is a positive way for her and her team to use their platform to help raise awareness for breast cancer. When asked about the impact of the annual Pink Out game, Schemmer said, “I believe it just helps us all live in the moment and to realize that life is more than a basketball game. Also, it shows the players how to use their platform in a positive manner.”

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