WESTFIELD, NJ—October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Westfield High School volleyball teams and Breast Cancer Awareness Club are teaming up to put on a tournament October 12 to support the fight against breast cancer.
The fourth annual “Pink Out!” (formerly known as “Play for Pink”) will take place in the WHS Varsity Gym, 550 Dorian Road. Westfield High School will play East Brunswick, with a freshman game at 4 p.m., at JV game at 5:30 p.m. and a Varsity game at 7 p.m.
A serving contest open to all attendees will happen at 6:45 p.m., with prizes to be awarded. There will also be a silent auction and a 50-50.
Refreshments will be available. All proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Westfield High School senior Nicole Boretz, a varsity captain and one of the students helping to organize the event, remembers when the fundraiser began four years ago, inspired by coach and physical education teacher Beverly Torok, a breast cancer survivor.
Students who witnessed Torok’s battle with the disease, which began five years ago and involved endless rounds of debilitating chemotherapy even as she continued to work with her students, wanted a way to honor their teacher, who is now cancer-free.
“She’s so passionate about volleyball and the girls, too. She really does care about us. We do this for her,” said Boretz.
The first tournament raised more than $8000, the second raised over $12,000 and the third raised $19,000. “This is an amazing event that just keeps getting better due to the parent support and my fellow coaches’ commitment. It is an honor to be part of it,” said Torok.
“It’s really fun. My friends who come every year really love it,” said Boretz.
“We spend a lot of time preparing for all of the things we offer,” said Torok. “We have decorated our front walkway with breast cancer facts and ribbons. We have solicited our town vendors who are very generous each year. Their parents have put in many hours to make this event what it is.”
Breast cancer survivors will be honored in a special procession lead by Coach Torok at the conclusion of the event. “I think the students learn the most that night when we honor the survivors and they see how emotional the walk is for them. We make a tunnel with our hands and the survivors walk under it and receive a bouquet,” said Torok.
Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children at the door. Anyone wearing pink will be admitted for free.
Among the businesses donating to “Pink Out!” are Adler’s Jewelers, Flo Fitness, Westfield Area YMCA , Bootcamp WF, Rockin’ Joe, Tinga Taqueria, The Farmhouse Store, Omaha Steaks, Dreamer’s Nails, Xocolatz Restaurant and Grill, Mani & Pedi Nails (formerly Galaxy Nails), Subway , Bagel Chateau, Casa Di Pizza, Ferraro’s, San Marzano Pizza, Roma Pizza, Benvenuti Pizza, Moma Lou’s, Mila Pizza, Buona Pizza, Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Fuji, Philly Pretzel Factory, Pure Nature Day Spa, Brummers, Nagoya, Priceless Cleaners, On the Side Day Spa, Platform Hair, Gia’s Salon in Garwood, Manhattan Bagel, Wild Greens, Cleaners, Vicki’s Diner, Shampooch, Cosimo’s, Hersheys, Flair Cleaners, Tutti Baci, Robert Treat, STARBUCKS, Meeker's Florist, Flair Cleaners, Bath Junkie, Serenity Nails, Green Mountain Coffee, Stop and Shop, Silpada Jewelry, Anthology, Inspire Boutique, Westfield Eye Surgery Center, The Party Stop, Barons’s Drugs, Lord & Taylor and Twin Boro Physical Therapy.