WEST ORANGE, NJ — Despite the West Orange football team’s 13-12 loss to Livingston on Friday, the community turned out to celebrate school spirit with Fan Fest and “Pink Out for Cancer Awareness,” recognizing cancer survivors as well as those lost to cancer.

Members of the West Orange sports teams and clubs sold spirit wear and handed out treats. Chess matches, karaoke and games were available for families along with information about co-curricular activities.

As Fan Fest ended, and the game against Livingston began, cheerleaders and football players donned pink accents and the youth PAL Mustang Cheerleaders joined the high school varsity to perform throughout the evening. The Marching Mountaineers also wore pink gloves during their performance.

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Athletic Director Ron Bligh recognized some of the difficult losses to cancer that the school district experienced this year, including Liberty Science teacher Sue Zaccaro, Mt. Pleasant Elementary student Henry Chang and West Orange High School greeter Doris Foster.

A high point of the evening was the appearance of West Orange High School assistant principal and cancer survivor Dr. Kimberly Mancarella. Mancarella and her family were honored by Principal Hayden Moore, West Orange Board of Education President Ron Charles, board of education members Sandra Mordecai and Ken Alper, assistant principal Lesley Chung and Stephan Zichella.

All photos were provided by Cynthia Cumming.