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Highland Volleyball Dig Pink Event Raises Money to Support Local Organization

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and to help spread the word and raise awareness about the disease, the Highland Husky Varsity Volleyball team hosted their annual "Dig Pink" fund-raising event during their home match against Saugerties on October 5.

This year’s event looked a little different from past years due to the pandemic, but that didn’t stop the team from continuing their colorful tradition. The team dressed in pink tie-dyed shirts and socks, and invited the visiting team to also take part in the “pink-out.” Members of the Junior Varsity team also showed their support by dressing in pink for their own competition, which took place earlier that evening. Varsity players purchased pink balloons and streamers and adorned the gymnasium. Instead of the traditional bake-sale and half-time activities, donations were collected from generous fans at the game.

“This year we really wanted to support something local so that the money could help people in communities nearby,” said junior Katie Dauenheimer, who has been on the Varsity team since Grade 8. “We did research on local charities and found Camp Lightheart, which supports children, which we really liked.”

The camp, which is held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, serves children who have a parent with breast cancer, or have lost one to the disease. The Camp Lightheart program offers recreation, relaxation, and fun, as well as support for children whose families are experiencing the stress of illness. In addition to enjoying activities organized by the highly skilled staff, the children are given opportunities to talk about their individual situations. The “Dig Pink” event raised more than $230 for the organization.

Highland Varsity Volleyball Coach Colleen Giametta, also a teacher at Highland Elementary School, is proud of her team. “The girls take pride each year in hosting this event and raising money for a worthy cause,” she said. “They are not only leaders on their team, but in their school and community as well. Way to go, Husky Volleyball!”