The Westfield High School Girls’ Volleyball team received the “Teens for the Cure Award” by Susan G. Komen of North Jersey at an appreciation dinner on September 11th.
The team’s Pink Out, which is a volleyball game turned into a fundraiser, raised $20,000 this year for breast cancer research and awareness. The team was inspired to begin the tradition when their coach, Bev Torok, was diagnosed with the disease. Ms. Torok continues to coach the team and was also in attendance at the award ceremony. “On behalf of the Westfield Volleyball teams, we would like to thank Susan G. Komen, North Chapter for recognizing our efforts to make a difference through awareness and fundraising in order to find a Cure of Breast Cancer in our lifetime,” stated Torok. “The Westfield community has been a big part of our success through donations at our Pink Out event. Our team parents make this event happen by giving selflessly of their time to decorate, bake, follow up with phone calls and pickups and organize the night. The players solicit prizes, design the t-shirts and work to get funds donated,” explained Torok.
This year Pink Out will be held in the Westfield High School gym on Friday, October 11 when the team will compete against Watchung Hills girls volleyball. The Freshmen Team will start the event at 4 pm, the JV play at 5:30, the serving contest is next, and then the Varsity plays at 7 pm. There will be food and tricky tray prizes and t-shirts for sale. We would love to see you in the bleachers.
“Some of the girls have remarked about how this evening is the highlight of their volleyball career,” recalled Torok. “We hope to see a large turnout.”
Current seniors on the Westfield High School volleyball team who attended the awards dinner are Emma Lorenzo, Tara Smith, Sophia Shiffman, Anna Labrozzi, 'Kayla Rodrigues co-captain, Elena Scarano co-captain, Angela Dorry, and Ashley Black. The varsity team also is comprised of Westfield High School students Megan Mondon, Olivia Manning, Kaelyn Heard, Samantha Nigro, Leigh Scarano, Lizzy Sottung, and Olivia Meyer. In addition to varsity coach Bev Torok, junior varsity Coach Sara (Soriente) Liptack, and freshmen coach Josh Haimann also were in attendance at the awards presentation.