WESTFIELD, NJ — On Friday, Oct. 13, the Westfield High School girls volleyball program will host its ninth annual Pink Out event with a tournament against Watchung Hills. For almost a decade, the Pink Out has raised funds and promoted research about breast cancer.
The tradition began in honor of head coach Bev Torok, who faced her own battle with breast cancer nine years ago. After she was declared cancer-free following treatment, Torok decided to involve the girls volleyball program in this cause. The event has raised $125,000 over the years.
“With coach Torok being a breast cancer survivor, the event is incredibly important to her and to the entire program,” senior co-captain Stephanie Borr said.
With preparations and fundraising beginning in August, the girls volleyball program puts a lot of effort into ensuring the Pink Out’s continued success.
“I’ve been watching the captains organize this event my whole high school volleyball career and finally being the leader of it all is crazy,” Borr said. “It’s definitely one of the highlights of the season and it is about so much more than just volleyball.”
Pink Out will be held in the Westfield High School gymnasium at 550 Dorian Road. Tickets will be sold at the door and all attendees are encouraged to wear pink. There will be a serving contest after the junior varsity game, t-shirt sales, a tricky tray auction and a food court. The freshman game will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the JV game at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Cancer survivors will be honored by coach Torok at the conclusion of the event.
All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen foundation. To make a donation, visit http://www.komennorthjersey.org/PINKOUT.
Sponsors for this year’s Pink Out include UBS, the Swingle Family, the Margolies Family, Westfield Indoor Tennis Club, Varsity Vantage, Thibaut, Kicks ‘N Sticks, Central Jersey Volleyball Academy, Gold Medal Squared, the Miller Family, Atlantic Valley Volleyball and the Brindle Family.
For more information, contact Josephine Stack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Sokolin is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.