Spring Hill DECA Rocks Out for Pink Out
It should come as no surprise to anyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Spring Hill DECA has been prepping for its annual Pink Out since the summer.
Pink Out is our chapter’s annual fundraiser where we partner with Lexington Medical Center and raise money to provide aid and further research in our area for breast cancer patients. The event was cultivated by our current co-presidents, Zoë and Brianna, back when they first joined DECA four years ago.
It started as a small community service project and has grown into a massive, school-wide and even community-wide event!
This year’s theme was “Rock Out for Pink Out,” and I assure you, we did just that!
We had some incredible aspects to this year’s event including a live band, Room208, perform and a local the radio station, Q93.5, was on site to let its listeners know what was happening, as well as how they could help out through our GoFundMe page.
The actual Pink Out event was held on Friday, October 28, but we began sales of this year’s t-shirts, sunglasses, and bandanas the day before.
The morning of the event we had stations set up at almost every entrance of the school with face-painting and colored hairspray, so that students could pink out as much as possible. Over the span of two-days, students, teachers, staff, parents, family and other people in the community all helped donate to the cause and boy-oh-boy did it pay off!
Last years total was $2,676 and this year our goal was set at $3,000. Well, we reached that before lunch on Friday!
At the end of the day we had an assembly to announce the total. We had a few guest speakers, including a few wonderful ladies from Lexington Medical Center, our chapter advisor Norma Brown, our chapter’s co-presidents, and our very own Assistant Principal, Dr. Jina Moore.
This assembly was the first time Dr. Moore shared that she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and announced that she was had just been told she was now officially cancer free.
After a beautiful story from Dr. Moore, we got out the big check and shared how much we raised. Our grand total raised this year was $4,002!
One of Spring Hill’s biggest values is giving back to the community. By coming together and making Pink Out happen, we did just that.
“We don’t have normal school events,” chapter co-president Brianna Kennedy said. “We are just in high school; imagine what [kind of impact we can make] in college.”
Brianna’s right – we are just kids ranging anywhere from 13 to 18 years old, and we helped raise over $4,000!
Zoë and Brianna have put so much into this event to help it grow over the past four years. This summer, they will be passing the torch, and Vanessa and I have some big shoes to fill.
Needless to say, on behalf of the student body of SHHS and the community as a whole, I am so proud of them and all that our school has accomplished as a family.
This article was written by Spring Hill DECA Co-Vice President Gabby Howell. You can follow Spring Hill DECA on Twitter @stallionsdeca.