Mount De Sales Cancer Fundraiser

A t-shirt like those members of the Mount de Sales Academy basketball team wore during warmups is stretched over a chair during last year's Pink Out game to raise money and awareness about breast cancer and the Breast Center at St. Agnes Hospital. Players wore pink socks, pink shoelaces and special uniforms with pink numerals during the game. (Photo by Nate Pesce / January 29, 2014)

Excitement is growing at Mount de Sales Academy in anticipation of the school's second annual "Pink Out" game to be held Friday, Jan. 31 to raise money for the St. Agnes Breast Cancer Center.

The event at the all-girls Catholic high school in Catonsville is being organized by senior Eve Lukowski, 17, and junior Abby Zalucki, 16.

Both girls are members of the varsity basketball team and both have family members who have battled cancer.

It will be held to celebrate cancer survivors and raise awareness about the disease, they said.

"I've personally had so many people in my family and have had other people I've been close to affected by breast cancer," said Zalucki, whose grandmother died from the disease. "I really just want to help out and raise awareness. This is the best way to do it."

Last year, the "Pink Out" game organized by Lukowski and teammate Katie Sauter, then a senior, raised $2,000.

They have raised about $100 so far, but the majority of their donations come on Friday, Zalucki said.

Cookies, brownies and other baked goods will be sold at the school Friday and during the game, and a $300 gift card tree will be raffled off.

Pink paper hearts will for sold for $1 for the "Wall of Hearts" in memory of someone affected by cancer.

Girls at the school are excited for their team to face off against rival Notre Dame Preparatory School of Towson.

"The game truly captures the spirit of our school and how much everyone likes to come together to support various causes, as well as their own classmates," Zalucki said.

This year they've had more support from the community, Lukowski said.

"[The Pink Out game] not only brings the school together, but all the people in the community around us," Zalucki said.

The game will be held at the Constance and Samuel Pistorio Sports Complex at 700 Academy Road in Catonsville.

The junior varsity game starts at 4 p.m. and the varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m. Both teams will wear jerseys designed with pink lettering and will wear pink shoe laces.

All the girls at the school will be dressed in pink which adds to the excitement, Lukowski said.

Zalucki said that while organizing the event was a lot of work, she is confident it will pay off.

"I'm really excited to see how it all turns out on Friday," Zalucki said.