Lauren Loricchio, firstname.lastname@example.org
11:36 AM EST, February 1, 2014
The Mount de Sales gymnasium was colored with pink on Friday for the second annual "Pink Out" basketball game to raise money for the St. Agnes Breast Cancer Center.
Posters on the gymnasium wall read, "Dream", "Inspire" and "Think Pink".
Teachers, parents and students wore pink to show their support.
Cheerleaders in pink, shouted, "Here we go Sailors," to in support of the team as they faced Notre Dame Preparatory School.
It was a good night for event organizers Eve Lukowski, 17, Abby Zalucki, 16, and Annie Tavera, 17, all members of the varsity team.
Not only was there a crowded gymnasium. But the home team emerged with a 45-43 triumph.
But the true victory was raising money and awarenss for those affected by breast cancer.
"The diagnosis of cancer is devastating and we want this night to feel like a group hug for all these warriors," said Lukowski.
Cookies, brownies and cupcakes with pink icing were sold for $1 by mothers of the basketball players throughout the game.
Pink construction paper hearts sold for $1 were placed on the gym wall with other hearts to remember those affected by cancer.
Last year, the event raised $2,000 for the breast cancer center.
"I've personally had so many people in my family and have had other people I've been close to affected by breast cancer," Zalucki said, whose grandmother died from breast cancer. "I really just want to help out and raise awareness. This is the best way to do it."
Last year the event was organized by Lukowski and teammate Katie Sauter, who now attends York College in Pennsylvania. Sauter's mother, Carol Sauter, died from breast cancer, her motivation for helping organize the inaugural event.
Sauter attended this year's event to support her former teammates and said she was pleasantly surprised that they held the event again this year.
"It means a lot that they continued it. I honestly wasn't expecting them to do it again," she said.
A paper heart with her mother's name was on top of a wall of hearts on the gym wall.
"Since breast cancer hit so close to home for the Mount de Sales community, we decided St. Agnes Breast Cancer Center, where Mrs. Sauter received treatment, was the ideal recipient of our donations," Lukowski said.
Spanish teacher, Ariane Dudley, 54, who has been battling the disease, said the girls personally invited her to the game.
"It's been a difficult year, but with the support of the faculty, my family and the students, it gave me the strength and the humility to go through it," Dudley said.
Dudley said she appreciates how supportive the Catonsville community has been of the event.
"We need to encourage people to be proactive about their health, and we need people to donate money for breast cancer research," Dudley said.
"This is why this event is so important. It really shows what this school is all about. It's about the students – how they care about others," she said.