WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School girls’ volleyball team and the Westfield High School Breast Cancer Awareness Club will host their fifth annual Pink Out volleyball tournament on Oct. 11 to raise funds and promote public awareness of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The event began five years ago as a tribute to Girls' Volleyball Coach Bev Torok, who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the time, even as she continued to coach.
“There were some days when I had to use a chair and coach sitting down, which I would never usually do,” said Torok.
Inspired by Torok, students that year raised more than $8,000 with what was then called “Play for Pink.” The event has grown since. Last year’s Pink Out raised more than $20,000. As a result of the team’s continued efforts to raise both money and awareness, they were honored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation at a dinner in September.
“A lot of the girls, in speaking about Pink Out, will say when they’re a senior that it was the highlight of their career,” said Torok.
Beginning at 4 p.m., the freshmen team, junior varsity and varsity teams will play on their home court at 550 Dorian Road against Watchung Hills High School. A serving contest will be held after the JV game and winners will receive prizes donated from local merchants.
There will also be food for sale donated by local restaurants, a Chinese auction for baskets of prizes and a silent auction for bigger ticket items. Pink pearl bracelets will be on sale for $10, with $5 from each going to Susan G. Komen.
Breast cancer survivors will be honored in a special procession lead by Coach Torok at the end of the evening.
“Every year we get new elements that keep adding to the event,” said Torok, who acknowledged the students, parents and members of the community making “Pink Out” possible. “This event does not happen without a lot of effort from many.”
The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door. Anyone wearing pink will be admitted free. All proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen Foundation.