Day 5 Bonita Springs, FL: Farewell for Now to Betsy and Phil

Dig Pink, Side-Out Foundation Fund Raising Event

Betsy and Phil: Leaving for NJ

<Sigh>

My sister-in-law Betsy and her husband Phil winged their way back to NJ today. My husband Mike and I will miss them. They are easy, fun and just plain nice to be around.

One of the official Dig Pink T shirts for 2010.

On a completely different note, today was an important day in NJ for our daughter Tory. She and her friend Katie and their respective high school varsity volleyball teams hosted what Tory said is the first annual “Dig Pink” fundraiser as part of their regular season matchup. Dig Pink is an annual event that benefits the Side-Out organization, which funnels the proceeds in the form of grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families. The raffled baskets, 9 in all, were well received and likely contributed the most to the total raised; however, on-line donations totaled hundreds, the nominal gate fee brought in even more and let’s not forget proceeds from the ever-popular bake sale.

Tory and her teammates warmed up in their bright pink socks and official T-shirts.

The enthusiasm and plain hard work involved in putting on a fundraiser like this was not lost on my daughter. Tory worked hard to gain publicity, gift basket donations, permission from the various coaches, principals, athletic directors and more. She worked for many weeks to pull it all together, and she did.

Tory was almost giddy with excitement when I talked with her about the event this evening. And why not! Proceeds from the event totaled an amazing $1221; Tory exceeded her self-selected goal by $21. Thank you sincerely to those of you reading this post who contributed to the Dig Pink fund raising effort!

Wow. I’ve said it before, but I’d like to say it again: My daughter is one of my heroes.

Do you have a hero? Who is it? And why are they your hero?

 

P.S. If you’d like to learn more about Dig Pink, take a look here: http://side-out.org/news-events/our-events/dig-pink/

 

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