Raising money for a cause

Special to the OBSERVER

HAMBURG – Immaculata Academy’s Sports Marketing class didn’t just help themselves by doing their homework, they helped others. On Friday, Jan. 18, during Immaculata Academy’s basketball games against Hamburg, they hosted a “Coaches v. Cancer” event. With standing room only in the Immaculata gym, the Bears took the court in black and pink game-day shirts and black socks donning a pink awareness ribbon while the referees used pink whistles.

American Cancer Society representative JoAnna Jacob came to the event and was thrilled to see how the event panned out and all of the excitement surrounding it.

“Since 1993, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has increased cancer awareness, promoted healthy living, and raised nearly $90 million for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving work,” Jacob said. “And the number of feats attained by this program is going to only increase. The Immaculata Academy community successfully came together this January to make a difference in the fight against cancer, and we look forward to continuing to work with this effortful group of individuals.”

In addition to admission to the event, proceeds were raised with a 50/50 drawing, raffle baskets and concessions.

Prior to the event, funds were raised through an in-school bake sale and dress down day. In all, over $1,250 was raised for the American Cancer Society.