The Canisius College softball team announced today that the Golden Griffins raised $1,700 in conjunction with the program's annual "Cancer Awareness Day" which was held April 14, when the Blue and Gold hosted Fairfield at the Demske Sports Complex for a MAAC doubleheader.
The Griffs set up a number of fundraising options, highlighted by an auction that allowed fans to win the actual game jerseys worn by the team during the two league contests. The pink jerseys, which were donated by Computer Media Technology in Santa Clara, Calif., featured a special "Griffs" word-mark on the front with a pink ribbon, and each member of the team had a special name on the back to honor those who fought, or lost a battle with cancer.
"We wanted to honor our loved ones and their battle with cancer while raising awareness about the disease," Canisius senior Lauryn Chris said. "We are so grateful for the success of this event. It would not have been possible without the generosity of our families and friends. Cancer has affected all of us in one way or another and we are happy to contribute to the fight against the disease in any way that we can."
Fans were also able to buy special pink flowers in pink flowerpots and there was a special 50/50 drawing held between the two games. All money raised will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Roswell Park was the first cancer center in the United States when it opened in 1898, and it is among the first and only upstate New York facilities to hold the National Cancer Institute designation of "comprehensive cancer center" and to serve as a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
The Canisius softball will return to action on Saturday, April 28, when the team plays a pair of MAAC contests at Marist. First pitch in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is set for 12 p.m.