Get out your pink shoes and best pink attire, because this Friday is Pink Night!
Pink Night was started at PHS in 2007 by English teacher and volleyball assistant coach, Krissey Allen. The events are held in conjunction with October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the Colorado High School Activities Association encourages schools to play a "pink" volleyball match to raise awareness of breast cancer sometime during the month.
Since 2010 Pink Night has raised more than $12,400 for HopeWest in Delta. HopeWest provides palliative and hospice care and grief support in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco counties.
Hotchkiss head coach Taralee Williams also urges all Bulldogs fans to come out in support of this event. Both teams will wear pink in solidarity of the cause, a special pink ball will be used on the opening serve of each set, and the public can participate in a number of games and drawings.
This year, a beautiful hand-made, king-sized quilt made with autumn-themed materials by Della Collins will be raffled off. The quilt's estimated value is $1,000. Allen said that Collins had been looking for a way to give back to HopeWest for several years after the organization helped her and her family. While doing a quilting project for Allen, Collins found out about Pink Night.
As it does every year, the event includes a traditional bake sale, with goodies ranging from cookies and brownies and mini cheesecakes to whole cakes and pies.
Volleyball matches begin at 3 p.m., with the varsity match scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Games and contests will be held throughout all three matches, including the popular volleyball serving contest for prizes and pizzas from Stop 'n Save (servers who hit a pizza box win a prize), and games for elementary-aged students. Tickets for several drawings are available throughout the evening, with drawings held between sets.
Tickets for the quilt raffle are $1 and are available at the event or prior to the event from any volleyball player, Paonia High School, or by contacting Allen at 234-2965.
Eagles' volleyball players will also hold their annual drawing for a $500 gift card to Homestead Meats in Delta. Tickets are sold by team members throughout the summer, and will be available up until the drawing. Proceeds benefit the Eagles volleyball program.
Both raffles are being sponsored by the American Legion Wilson Head Post 97. Winners need not be present to win.