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Dig Pink event makes a difference

Posted: October 20, 2011 - 9:27am

On September 27 SoHi and Kenai Central High Schools held a Dig Pink Volleyball match at Soldotna High School. Dig Pink is affiliated with the Side-Out-Foundation, which was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches to work towards furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. The funds that are raised go to organizations that serve breast cancer patients in the form of research, medical services and compassionate support.

Although the Kenai Peninsula is a small community, the collaborative efforts of the SoHi and Kenai volleyball teams and parents came together to help our neighbors during their times of need. We held a bake sale, a silent auction, sold t-shirts, and had a balloon raffle. In total we raised over $6,000! The exciting part of this fundraiser is that a portion of the funds will go to help a community member, Cassie Walker, who graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2003. Cassie was diagnosed with breast cancer in May and has been going through treatment for the past six weeks.

We were very successful in our efforts because of the generous donations from various community members and businesses. Primary sponsors included:  Dale Dolifka and Dolika Farms, CPH, Pako Whanell/Core Fit Studios, Marty Anderson/Alaska Technical Training, Arbys, Radio Shack, Trustworthy Hardware, Fenton Brothers Guide Service, and Bobbie Behrens. Our other sponsors included over 60 businesses and parents that donated to the silent auction. In addition, athletes and parents provided treats for the bake sale.

The generosity in our small community is overwhelming! We would like to thank everyone that played a role in this fundraiser and encourage people to continue to support the local businesses that always support us. Please know that you have made a difference in a person's life because of your efforts.

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