Garden City, N.Y. — On Saturday, September 26, the Adelphi University softball team and the softball programs of LIU Post, Central Connecticut State and Fairfield University gathered together for Adelphi’s Breast Cancer Fall Playdate, a day of fall softball in support of breast cancer awareness and the non-profit organization Unite for Her.
For a suggested admission of $5, fans could attend four games between the teams beginning at 10 am; in total, the afternoon raised $1,290.00 in just suggested admission. In addition, the Panthers are donating 25 percent of t-shirt sales from the event, which totals $135.00. From this, Adelphi softball will be cutting a check to Unite for Her in the amount of $1,425.00.
In addition to contributions made at the gate, the Adelphi softball team created a pledge program which allowed all four teams to contribute to the cause. Fans and supporters of the cause alike had an opportunity to pledge any amount they would like for every base reached, hit or strikeout on the day, while also allowing for flat donations. Thus far in flat donations and pledges, the team has received $1,911.00 from 20 different people, families and local businesses. With pledges still rolling in over the next few weeks, additional donations could total over $2,000. As of October 1, the total in admission, merchandise and donations is at $3,336.
Adelphi also also registered its game with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), who provided us with “Strikeout Cancer” helmet stickers, eye black, and a pink first-pitch ball. Pat Miller threw out the ceremonial first pitch to her husband and Adelphi baseball alum, Dave Miller. Pat is a cancer survivor, and has raised over $72,500 from 2009 to today to help those facing breast cancer. She began raising funds long before 2009; however, she only has financial records on money raised from 2009 on. She has raised tens of thousands of dollars without any corporate assistance or sponsorship.
“We want to genuinely thank every single person who participated, attended, or donated to our event,” said head coach Breanne Nasti. “We are so incredibly overwhelmed by the goodwill and generosity of those who support us. Having an event like this one reminds us how truly grateful we are to have so many good-hearted people within and surrounding our program. We also want to thank the players, staff, family, friends and fans of LIU Post, Fairfield, and Central Connecticut. We owe the day’s success to the collaborate efforts of all involved.”
Unite for Her is a non-profit out of Pennsylvania, which began in 2009. Unite for Her’s cornerstone has been to bridge that gap for breast cancer patients, focusing on wellness initiatives that will positively impact their health, as well as the health of all women and girls. Unite for Her strives to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs that educate, empower, and restore, while considering not only physical needs, but emotional and spiritual needs as well.
For information about and to donate to Unite for Her, visit its official site, http://www.uniteforher.org.
Story courtesy of http://www.aupanthers.com/