In an impressive showing of community support, some 400 people attended the Oct. 18 Pink Night fundraiser at Paonia High School, and watched the volleyball games between Meeker High School and Paonia.

While the annual event has traditionally honored October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, blue was the color of the evening in honor of PHS coach and teacher Scott Rienks, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. T-shirts generously printed by Lasting Impressions with messages of strength and family — among them “Refuse to Lose,” “In this family, no one fights alone,” and “RienksStrong” — were sold, won and given away throughout the evening.

A live auction alone raised $6,750. All seven donated items auctioned off by John Cunningham sold for more than their estimated value — two halves of a market premium pig shown at the Colorado State Fair and donated by Tawny Roberts and parents Myles and Lisa Roberts; a half market beef donated by Blue Spoon Ranch and the Pabst Family valued at more than $1,500 and two half market beef donated by Allan and Kena Price of Hotchkiss. Processing was donated by Homestead Natural Meats, Big B’s Delicious Orchards, Allen and Kena Price, the volleyball team and an anonymous donor. Professional photographer Robin Wadhams contributed a framed and matted photo of two wild stallions, and a four-person, full-day guided fishing trip was donated by Colorado Guided Fishing Expeditions owners Jerad and Mandy Cotten.

Organizer Krescenze Allen thanked everyone who contributed and came out to show their support. “It was a fabulous showing of love and support that had many of us tearing up throughout the evening.”

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