‘Purple Out’ event yields almost $3,000 for pancreatic cancer research
On Tuesday night the Panther Den was filled with a wave of purple to commemorate Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Tom Raby Night during the basketball games. The evening was organized by the Ramsey family in order to raise money for the deadly disease and to remember the beloved FHS coach and principal.
Those in attendance were asked to wear purple and given the opportunity to compete in various games throughout the night like “Slam Dunk Cancer” shoot-outs and “Crazy for a Cure Quarter Contests.” During half-time of the varsity girls’ game, for $5 per half-court shot, fans competed for a $150 Mobile Gas Card from Dowdle Mtn. Pit Stop. During half-time of the Varsity Boys’ game, for $5 per half-court shot, fans competed for a $150 Radio Shack Gift Certificate. Other incentives included Holland Car Wash coupons valued at $5 each.
Fans gave money to promote special “mini-performances” (including tumbling, dancing, shoot-outs, etc.) by FHS coaches and staff as a “reward” for raising money for pancreatic cancer research in an effort to match $1,000 given by an anonymous donor. FHS Cheerleaders and the FHS Dance Team played a key role in helping with collections.
One of the highlights of the night was “The Parade of TUTUs” based on the premise that pancreatic cancer is: TU horrible TU be allowed TU continue. Brave and generous men of the community were willing: TU do anything TU raise funds and awareness TU slam dunk pancreatic cancer!
Between the 3rd and 4th quarter of the Varsity Boys' game, County Commissioner Ronnie Beale, former mayor Joe Collins, School Board Chairman Jim Breedlove, School Board member Gary Shields, Sheriff Robbie Holland, former FHS coach Fred Goldsmith, FHS Principal Barry Woody and Register of Deeds Todd Raby (also Tom Raby's son) dressed in tutus and paraded around the gym to collect donations for the cause.
As of Tuesday night, a total of $2,765.25 was raised.