NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem’s varsity and JV volleyball teams scored their biggest win of the year last week, days after the season ended.

On Nov. 7, the student-athletes surpassed the $10,000 mark in funds raised for the Side-Out Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports breast cancer awareness and research.

Money was raised through a combination of online and in-person donations, including a fundraising car wash event on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Croton Falls Fire Department. The teams also collected donations at their annual “Dig Pink” games on Thursday, Oct. 10, against Putnam Valley.

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"This year our fundraising was so successful because our players were determined to raise more than we previously had," said Joan Herlihy, senior co-captain. "Early on in our fundraising, we were one of the very first teams to reach $1,000 raised for Side-Out. A sponsor of Side-Out matched our $1,000 and helped us start to raise mass amounts of money. From there we just continued to promote our online page through social media and eventually reached our goal of $10,000."

Direct donations can also still be made at giving.side-out.org/campaigns/15906.