Last week the senior members of the Paonia High School volleyball team presented Lynn Shirk and HopeWest Hospice with a donation of $3,168.76. It was the fifth consecutive year the team has raised money for hospice through its Pink Night volleyball fundraiser event.
Every October the team holds the fundraiser as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Each year is a little different. This year, the Rangely volleyball team participated in the fundraiser. Lady Panthers head coach Jimmie Mergelman is from Cedaredge and was excited to participate, said event organizer and assistant volleyball coach Kriss Allen.
Shirk, community development coordinator for HopeWest Hospice, was expecting a much smaller amount after last year's record donation of $3,262. Both the Paonia and Hotchkiss volleyball teams joined forces in that effort. Allen credited community participation and the fact there were more games and more prizes than in past years, for the success. "I would say that, by far, this was the most fun Pink Night we've had," said Allen. Numerous area individuals and businesses contributed to the event, and a new addition, a soup dinner, brought in $400.
No other organizations in the county do anything quite like this, said Shirk, who is also a breast cancer survivor. "No one comes close to you guys."
Shirk said all the money raised at Pink Night will remain in Delta County.blog comments powered by Disqus