Pink Night raises $2,500 for HopeWest

By Tamie Meck

Nancy Hovde wasn't able to make this year's Pink Night volleyball fundraiser for HopeWest at Paonia High School, but she promises she won't miss it next year. Hovde is the new development director for HopeWest. Last week senior team members presented her with a check for $2,569.65, the amount raised during the annual event on Oct. 7. Hovde was overwhelmed and gave each of the girls a big hug.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Colorado High School Activities Association encourages volleyball teams across the state to help raise awareness during one of their matches in October. This year's donation brings the total that the PHS volleyball program has raised for Hospice to $14,985.01.

The team organizes the event, and community members and businesses donate items for drawings. They also bring baked goods, which are available for a donation. This year, the Hotchkiss volleyball team participated in the event. In addition to drawings and games, a king-sized quilt made by Della Collins and valued at $1,000 was raffled off during the varsity game.

The funds will go to HopeWest's children's programs like HopeWest Kids, Itty Bitty Camp, and Camp Good Grief. "Kids don't know how to deal with grief," said Hovde. With these programs, they and their families have the opportunity to spend time with trained counselors as they move through the process after losing someone close to them to an illness or tragedy.