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Servin’ Up a Cure event raises funds, cancer awareness

October 7, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The city high school girls Red Knights volleyball team raised awareness and hope for those suffering with breast and other cancers during the team's volleyball game Tuesday against Bellaire St. John High School.

A total of $912 was was raised for the Schiffler Cancer Center in Wheeling during the event through donations, half the game's door proceeds. a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing, all concession sales and pupils and students who wore pink clothing that day promoting breast cancer awareness, according to Chelsey Fletcher, girls high school volleyball coach.

"Both teams participated in raising funds for patient care at the Schiffler Cancer Center in Wheeling," said Fletcher, adding all proceeds donated to the center are earmarked for local patient care. "We also raised funds at the high school from (students and pupils) that had to pay $1 to wear pink to school that day. Bellaire St. John has a student in their high school who has leukemia. They came in their (leukemia awareness) outfits to show support."

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FUNDRAISER — The Toronto High School Red Knight girls volleyball team prepared to take on the Bellaire St. John High School girls volleyball team during the Serving Up a Cure fundraiser Tuesday at Toronto High School. The event was held to raise awareness about breast cancer while also raising $912 for the Schiffler Cancer Center in Wheeling. -- Contributed

The 17 girls on the Toronto team lost the match, but individuals players shined during the event, including senior captain Cari Horne, who racked up six kills, two digs and one block; senior captain Taylor Linn, six assists and one block; junior Katie Spadarfora with one assist and three kills; and junior Chelsey Anderson with two assists, two blocks and one kill.

Also, the junior and varsity school bands both performed to a packed house, said Fletcher. All Toronto players also wore pink socks during the match to show their support.

"The girls really spearheaded this event," she said. "The girls really made the evening."

"I thought it was great how the entire community helped," said Horne.

Linn agreed, adding "I just thought the audience was awesome. The amount of support was awesome."

"It was awesome to see how many adults were in the stands that you'd never seen at a volleyball game before," said John Rodesh, senior class president. "I think that coach Fletcher has taken Toronto girls volleyball to a place it's never been."

Sponsors for the event included the Toronto DiCarlo's Pizza, Mindy Jones, Valley Converting, Margaret's Cafe, NC Sportz, Buttons & Bows, the high school athletic department, Jenny Dickinson, Sheri Antinone, Chuck and Linda McFerren, Jay Foster and Maureen Taggart.

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