There is an important battle to be won both on and off the court Saturday.
While the Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team looks for a major Northeast Hoosier Conference win over Homestead, everyone attending can help fight a battle of bigger stakes.
Back for its second year, the ‘Pink Night’ will again use the Indiana high school basketball stage as a platform to raise money for those dealing with cancer in Whitley County.
In the course of a basketball game, supporters of the Lady Eagles will be raising funds with raffles and drawings.
The collection of money from families, friends and fans alike all go toward a special Whitley County Community Foundation fund created by the basketball programs called Cancer Care Fund.
Like other ‘Pink Night’ cancer fundraisers the money raised does benefit breast cancer patients. However, the Cancer Care Fund benefits those with cancer of any kind.
“The boys and girls teams decided to try something new,” coordinator and booster member Trish Hinen said. “They wanted to help out with more than a mammogram. A lot of money has been raised for the breast cancer fund and while the proceeds can still help that, it can also benefit all types of cancer patients.”
According to Hinen, the fund can benefit any cancer patient through the help of the WCCF.
The teams and fans benefit as well.
“The players are doing something for the people in their own community,” Hinen said. “Cancer has touched the lives of everyone in some way or another.”
Raffle tickets will be available for $1 a piece or six tickets for $5. Some prizes include: a six-month subscription to The Post & Mail newspaper, an iPod from the WCCF and Vera Bradley bag by McConnell Dentistry.
The night will tip off with the junior varsity game at 6:15 p.m. Drawings will come during the varsity contest.