“Who do you play for?”
That is the question the Culver Girls Academy and Knox volleyball players answered Wednesday during CGA’s annual Dig Pink game. With October designated as breast cancer awareness month, the players and coaches wore special pink jerseys to show their support, raise awareness, and raise funds for an area non-profit that and has since gone national with its message.
This year’s event was organized by Samantha and Grace Farrall, sophomores from Valparaiso, Ind., with the proceeds from donations and “Passionately Pink” wristband sales again benefiting Hello Gorgeous, which provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education for women fighting cancer. More than $300 was raised during the evening.
“We got involved last year,” Grace said, “And we wanted to make sure it continued.” Since the Dig Pink game started four years ago, more than $1,500 has been raised on behalf of the organization.
Based out of South Bend, Ind., Hello Gorgeous is no stranger to the Culver community. The organization’s special mobile unit has participated in past Relays For Life of Culver and the organization has worked with Culver Academies staff members, including junior varsity volleyball coach Lori 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.