Big Pink Volleyball Raises $9K for Breast Cancer
October 31, 2013
MACOMB, IL – As the annual commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, Western Illinois University has provided yet another substantial contribution to help fund the cause of beating breast cancer.
According to Judy Yeast, associate director of Campus Recreation, Western's annual Big Pink Volleyball (BPV) tournament, held in late September this year, raised $9,084. Yeast noted the money raised was split between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation (Peoria, IL, affiliate) and the McDonough District Hospital (Macomb, IL) Mammogram Assistance Program.
"We had 166 teams playing in the tournament this year," Yeast said. "Overall, for the 13 Big Pink Volleyball events we've organized at Western, we have raised $102,248 to support breast cancer awareness and cancer screenings."
Yeast noted that over the years—since 2002, when the very first BPV fundraising tourney was started at WIU—10,842 students and employees have played Big Pink Volleyball.
"Every year, Big Pink Volleyball draws students and members of the Western community to help the breast cancer cause," Yeast said. "Big Pink Volleyball has now spread to several other college campuses across the United States, and many of our alumni have helped start BPV at other colleges and universities. This past month, Marshall University and University of Illinois-Springfield started Big Pink Volleyball on their campuses, too."
For more information, contact Yeast at (309) 298-1228 or JA-Yeast@wiu.edu.