The North Bend Eagle


Cotton candy, pennies planned for Pink Out

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 9/28/16

In 2012, North Bend Central volleyball coach Amy Sterup organized the first Pink Out volleyball game, designed to promote breast cancer awareness. Since then, the Pink Out has continued, changing each year with different events and activities.

In its beginning, just the volleyball team raised funds, doing things like selling T-shirts and drawings. One year, they teamed up with Scribner-Snyder’s volleyball team to help raise money for Team Nicole, a Scribner-Snyder student who was fighting cancer. There have been two years where the NBC opponent, Howells-Dodge, also sold T-shirts for the cause.

“Jan Hobza was instrumental in getting things off the ground the first year,” Sterup said. “She spearheaded a lot of the activities and really helped make it what it has become.”

Last year, NBC softball got involved and helped with T-shirt sales, with the shirts made by the Art Club. This was actually not the first year the softball team was involved. In 2009, the softball team held a Pink Out game of its own where they read information about cancer to the crowd and handed out pink bracelets. This year, the cross country team will also help participate in the activities.

Some new activities are being planned this time around. First, there will be a penny drop. The high school and elementary school will be competing for the right to hit three of their teachers with pies in the face. Pennies will be collected from that Monday until Thursday, Oct. 3-6, at noon. Whichever school brings the most pennies will get the chance to get their chosen teachers with pies at halftime of the NBC football game that week.

Pink cotton candy will be sold at the NBC softball triangular on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and at the football game Friday, Oct. 7. Cost will be $2 per cone. All proceeds from the cotton candy sales and the penny drop will go directly to the Dodge County Relay for Life.

To this point, the Pink Outs have raised $4,304.62 for the Dodge County Relay for Life, along with the one-year proceeds that went to Team Nicole.

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