“Who do you play for?”
That was the question Culver Girls Academy volleyball players answered during their third annual Dig Pink game Monday. Each varsity and junior varsity player selected someone they knew who had battled or survived a bout with cancer and dedicated the evening to them.
With October designated as breast cancer awareness month, both the CGA and North Judson players and coaches wore special pink jerseys to show their support. And the CGA players collected funds through pink T-shirt sales, raffles, and donations for Hello Gorgeous, a non-profit organization that provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education for women fighting cancer.
Juniors Kathryn Kapcheck (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) and Gabrielle Maiolo (San Diego) again spearheaded the fundraiser. With the funds from the evening’s raffles and donations yet to be counted, assistant coach Lori Elliott said the event raised between $500 and $600. Hello Gorgeous founder Kim Becker was at the game Monday to meet the players and thank them for their efforts.
Founded nine years ago in South Bend, Ind., Hello Gorgeous is no stranger to the Culver community. The organization’s special mobile unit was part of earlier Relays For Life of Culver and the organization has worked with Culver Academies staff members, including Elliott.
Hello Gorgeous works with affiliated salons in various communities across the country. The salons go through specialized training and each salon is asked to perform 12 Hello Gorgeous experiences per year.
While the Dig Pink night is tied to breast cancer awareness, Hello Gorgeous works with women dealing with any form of cancer. The women are nominated by family and friends. If selected, each woman is treated to a day of spa services such as a manicure, pedicure, facial, and seated massage. The woman is also given instruction in new makeup application and hair care (or hair substitution) methods advantageous to her individual issues.
Before the woman’s day is over, the salon staff makes certain she understands how to reproduce her new look on her own. She is given a supply of the cosmetics, skincare and nail products used to complete her services. There is no charge for the products, which is what the Dig Pink funds will be used to cover.