Feb. 17, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball's 14th Annual Pink Zone Game presented by Berkshire Bank is Thursday night when the Saints host Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. at the Alumni Recreation Center. The event, which seeks to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research, has raised over $100,000 for the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) since its inception.
The Saints once again surpassed their goal last year raising $30,037 for CRAAB! and are looking to again eclipse $30,000. In all the Siena Women's Basketball program, along with the generous community support, has raised a total of $105,745 for CRAAB!
Just before tip-off the Saints will hold a special survivors recognition, escorting local breast cancer survivors onto the court and recognizing their courageous battles against the disease.
Siena players will once again wear custom made pink uniforms and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in an attempt to "Pink Out" the ARC. Additionally, the first 500 fans in attendance will receive pink pom poms.
The Saints will also recognize three exceptional team players who have made a difference in the Capital Region's battle against breast cancer. The 2014 "Power Up the Pink" Awardees are Tracy Pitcher, the Executive Director of St. Paul's Center, Siena College Sodexho Catering Manager Norm Kvam and Dr. Shannon O'Neill, the Director of Siena College's Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women.
CRAAB! will have vendors and displays set up around the gym with vital information on the fight against breast cancer and there will also be a silent auction and raffle items.
Children are encouraged to take part in the Patricia Brown Camp Scholarship Sign Competition. The competition is open to kids age 6-17 who create a poster using an acrostic of either the word CRAAB or SAINTS and have it relate to breast cancer awareness. The most creative and well-designed sign will be announced at halftime and will win a Siena Summer Sports Camps Scholarship (restrictions apply).
Tickets to the Pink Zone game are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children and FREE for Siena College students (with valid ID) and Generation S members. Group tickets (10 or more) are $6 for adults and $3 for children and groups that wish to attend the game should contact Marketing Manager and Siena Athletics Pink Zone Coordinator Laura Menges for more details. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 782-6769.
Proceeds from the event benefit CRAAB! Additional donations can be made at the door or online by visiting craab.org/donate.
For more information on the 2014 Pink Zone Game, visit the Official Pink Zone page at www.SienaSaints.com/pinkzone.
About Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer
CRAAB! is a community-based non-profit organization created in 1997 by a diverse group of caregivers, health practitioners, educators, advocates and several breast cancer survivors who know first-hand about the shock of a cancer diagnosis and the need to find support. The late Patricia Brown of Siena College co-founded this organization. Dr. Brown served the Siena College biology department for 35 years. She inspired colleagues and students with her passion for teaching and her endless energy to create change.