Number of Participants: 43
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $3,634
Event Amount Raised: $4,240
Event Type: Health & Medicine
Sport: Girls Volleyball
Date: October 30, 2023
Medfield High School
South Street, Medfield
The Medfield Girls Volleyball Team’s recent “Volley for a Cure” event has ignited a wave of enthusiasm and commitment to raising breast cancer awareness within their community.
A United Effort
With the unwavering support of dedicated parent volunteers, the athletes from all three teams (JV2, JV, V) came together, totaling 43 strong, to champion the Ellie Fund’s cause.
Fundraising and Awareness Initiatives
The Medfield Volleyball Teams showcased their commitment through a series of impactful initiatives leading up to and during the “Volley for a Cure” event:
- Fundraising: The team employed multiple creative methods to raise funds. They organized a 50/50 raffle during the game, replaced normal admission fees with donations, set up a concession stand, and sold custom handmade pink bracelets. Every penny earned from these activities was generously donated to the Ellie Fund. Additionally, the team used social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Venmo for pre-event fundraising.
- Wearing Pink: As a symbol of unity, all team members adorned pink attire, encouraging spectators to follow suit. The significance of wearing pink was emphasized through announcements, furthering awareness.
- Pink Shirts and Gym Decoration: Custom-made pink shirts for all teams and a fully decked-out gym with pink streamers, balloons, and inspirational words like “warrior,” “hope,” and “strength” created a visually striking atmosphere. Information about the Ellie Fund was prominently displayed at the event, along with a letter explaining the organization’s mission and impact.
- Social Media: The team used its volleyball Instagram account and Facebook pages to disseminate event and Ellie Fund information. Individual players leveraged their personal social media accounts to expand outreach.
- Community Engagement: Flyers were distributed at school, increasing awareness and participation among students and the school community. The team also promoted their cause at Medfield Day, engaging with the wider community.
- School Announcements: School announcements rallied students, ensuring their attendance and involvement in the event.
Impressive Fundraising Result
The combined efforts of fundraising, awareness campaigns, and community involvement culminated in a remarkable achievement – a total of $4,240 raised for the Ellie Fund. The team’s dedication and innovative approach left an indelible mark on their cause, supporting the Ellie Fund’s mission to provide care for breast cancer patients.
Hours of Dedication
The actual event, including gym decoration, clean-up, and gameplay, accounted for nearly 5 hours of the athletes’ time. However, behind the scenes, they dedicated numerous hours to raise awareness through various campaigns and activities.
The Chosen Cause
The team chose to support the Ellie Fund due to its alignment with the organization’s mission and its local presence in Massachusetts, located just 20 minutes from Medfield. This local connection added a special dimension to their cause, infusing it with a sense of purpose and the satisfaction of making a tangible difference within their own community.
The “Volley for a Cure” event held a profound significance for the team. Many team members and their families have been personally affected by breast cancer, deepening their commitment to the cause. Observing attendees, initially unaware of the Ellie Fund’s mission, making donations and purchasing bracelets to show support was a heartwarming testament to the event’s impact. It became a day of unity, awareness, and hope.
The event garnered local media attention, with the local newspaper covering the day’s events in a heartening article that can be found here.
The Medfield Girls Volleyball Team’s “Volley for a Cure” event stands as a shining example of how a close-knit community can come together to champion a crucial cause and make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer.