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LHS's cancer Pink Out raises $6,600
LIVINGSTON – The Livingston High School Athletic Department joined forces with Polk County Relay For Life to raise money for breast cancer awareness by selling t-shirts for the Pink Out games held on Friday, Oct. 4. At the Volleyball Pink Out game, the Lady Lions had a bake sale, as well, to raise money for the charity. The first Pink Out game in Livingston was held in October 2010 when then Chairman of Relay For Life, Tammi Ogletree, approached LHS Associate Athletic Director Penne Hall about joining forces to have a football game dedicated to breast cancer awareness. When Ms. Hall was the coach of the Lady Lions basketball team, she had encouraged her players to raise money and dedicate one basketball game as a Pink Out game, so having a football game in October dedicated to the same cause made sense. A t-shirt was made and sold to raise funds and athletes passed around a pink bucket for donations during the game. Every penny raised was and is given to the American Cancer Society. Since then, the volleyball and softball coaches have joined in the efforts and dedicate a game as well. "The Pink Out game is just not about wearing pink. It is about our athletes, coaches, students, teachers, and our community coming together for one cause in an unified effort," said Associate Athletic Director Katrina Thornton. "My mom is a breast cancer survivor and it is such a blessing to see our students participating in raising funds and to also see the breast cancer survivors honored at our games." With the sell of the Pink Out shirts, donations, and bake sale, a check was presented to the 2014 Relay For Life Chairman Joel Casiday in the amount of $6,630.00 for the American Cancer Society.