The Peninsula High girls soccer program raised more than $500 at a breast cancer fundraiser held Oct. 20 during a home exhibition game.
A raffle featuring donations from local businesses, a baked goods table and a “pink out” table featuring dollar store cancer support items all contributed to the $535 final amount.
The event was organized with a $40 budget by first-time fundraising coordinator and team mom, Michelle Burr.
“It’s amazing how supportive our community is,” Burr said, noting that she managed to pull the fundraiser together in about three weeks.
The raffle raised $400 of the evening’s overall amount and featured gift cards and items from local restaurants, businesses and families.
Many of the Peninsula High students were supportive of the fundraiser, especially the members of the girls soccer program, Burr said.
“I thought it was really great how much awareness we could bring to the cause,” said Aoife Duffy, a team captain on the varsity squad. “It was amazing how many people came out to support.”
The extra work the girls dedicated to the fundraiser ended up having additional benefits for the team as a whole.
“We stayed after practice one night before a football game,” said Duffy, recalling the evening before the Peninsula High Homecoming football game when the team time painting fundraiser posters. “It was also a team bonding thing.”
The money raised at the fundraiser will be split between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Association organizations.
In the exhibition game, the Peninsula girls varsity won, 2-1, against Auburn.