May 11, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame women's basketball program proudly announced on Wednesday that it has raised $130,633 as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone breast cancer initiative during the 2010-11 season. That total not only far surpassed last year's total of $103,750, but it also put the Fighting Irish among the national leaders in this annual drive to generate funds to research, fight and eventually wipe out breast cancer. In addition, it pushes Notre Dame's Pink Zone fund-raising total during the past three years to more than $250,000.
Funds raised from this year's Pink Zone events at Notre Dame will be donated nationally to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund ($30,633) and locally to the Foundation For Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center's Women's Task Force ($100,000), which includes the Secret Sisters Society and Young Survivors group.
"I'm constantly amazed and inspired by the support and teamwork shown by the Notre Dame and South Bend communities to make the Pink Zone initiative an annual success," Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "Every year, we have raised the bar and everyone has come together to not only meet the challenge but exceed it. All of us in the Notre Dame women's basketball program remain profoundly grateful to those people who donated their time and resources to take this year's Pink Zone event to a whole new level."
The Fighting Irish went far and wide throughout the Michiana area in 2010-11, undertaking a variety of activities to raise money for the WBCA Pink Zone project, which is now in its fourth year of existence:
The Feb. 12 Pink Zone game vs. Rutgers also featured the following special events on the day of the game:
The Notre Dame women's basketball program also is largely indebted to several contributing sponsors that played a key role in the success of the Pink Zone initiative at Notre Dame during the 2010-11 season: Legends of Notre Dame, South Bend Tribune, Lighthouse Imaging, Notre Dame College of Science, Knollwood Country Club, Fannie May Chocolates, Direct Fitness Solutions, Meijer, Bosak Auto Group, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, Lake Michigan Mailers, Notre Dame Monogram Club, Gurley Leep Automotive Group, Notre Dame Office of Development, Anthony Travel, Boling Vision Center, Notre Dame Sports Properties, Papa John's Pizza, Sharp BMW, Salon Rouge and Hall Chrysler.
For more information on the 2011 Notre Dame Pink Zone efforts, including photo galleries and survivor stories, please visit the Notre Dame Pink Zone web page at www.und.com/pinkzone.
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