Chiefs raise $13,000 for Breast Cancer Support Mar 7, 2016 16:32:23 GMT -8
Post by David on Mar 7, 2016 16:32:23 GMT -8
It's not the kind of fighting that will give you 5 minutes in the penalty box; it's the fight against cancer.
The Spokane Chiefs want to fight. In fact, their community initiative called Chiefs Care is committed to the fight. In addition to raising money for the team's continuing player education fund, Chiefs Care strives to serve the Spokane community through donations and appearances. One of these big events is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The annual event consists of a special Breast Cancer Jersey auction, with the funds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Eastern Washington Affiliate.
On Monday, the Chiefs announced that Chiefs Care presented a $13,000 check to the Eastern Washington Susan G. Komen affiliate. The funds were raised throughout the entire 2015-16 regular season and ended February 20th on Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The primary source of the funds were through the sales of special edition breast cancer awareness t-shirts and the auction of the jerseys worn by Chiefs players during the game against the Tri-City Americans.
In the team's press release announcing the donation, the Chiefs' Vice President of Sponsorships Jay Stewart said, “Our organization has always felt it is important to give back to the community that supports us. We’re proud to continue our partnership with Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington and we’re excited that this donation will help so many people in the Spokane area.”
“The support from the community was amazing to see," said Becky Duffey, the Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Eastern Washington Affiliate. "When all the people stood up who knew someone who had breast cancer, it brought tears to myself and (ceremonial first puck dropper) Kristie’s eyes.
Duffey also stated that the money would be used to fund local programs for women in Eastern Washington. The programs include the Livestrong program, Sacred Heart Hospital's Mammography Van, and Faye's House, a facility that provides housing for patients going through treatment. In total, 75% of all the funds raised by Susan G. Komen's Eastern Washington affiliate stay within the service area. 25% of the funds support the Susan G Komen Grants program for innovative breast cancer research.
(Image Courtesy: Spokane Chiefs / Twitter)
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