SOUTH DAYTON - In an effort to support the Olivia Coia 5K Wish Run foundation and Breast Cancer Research, the Pine Valley Lady Panther junior varsity and varsity girls volleyball teams hosted various fundraisers with the cooperation of the Pine Valley Boosters Club. Players contributed baked goods to a bake sale, which they hosted at their last three home games and also contributed 22 baskets and gift certificates to be raffled off after their last game.
The Boosters Club helped by hosting 50/50 drawings and by selling pink "Paws for Pink" silicone bracelets. The team raised more than $900 in three games. All proceeds will be donated to the Olivia Coia 5K Wish Run foundation which sponsors scholarships for high school seniors and also sponsors breast cancer research.
"I am so proud of the students and I know their efforts will make a big difference. Our students come through whenever there is a need and the fact that they keep giving is so heartwarming," said Stacy Chase, community service coordinator.
The Pine Valley Lady Panther Volleyball teams recently hosted fundraisers for the Olivia Coia 5K Wish Run foundation and breast cancer research. Pictured, from left, front row are: Sierra McLaughlin, Morgan Granger, Autumn Stull and Brittany Dean. Back row: Meagan Tyler, Alicia Burdic, Allison Baldwin, Ahleen Pollock, Sierra Cross, Sabrina Johnston, Mallory Stearns, Kayce Abers, Myllisa Becker, Zoe Nelson, Kelley Andrews, Aleah Fancher, Emily Raiport, Aaren Waterman, Emily Rolls and Kayla Mansfield. Absent from photo were players Alex Bentham, Katelyn Hoth, Sierra Hitchcock, Korena Downey, Kaleigh Brunswick and Alyssa Seivert.
Jayvee Coach Danielle Arnone and Varsity Coach Justine Troutman in addition to Chase were on the organizational committee for the fundraiser. Both coaches said the players did an "unbelievable job."
"The jayvee and varsity volleyball girls did an unbelievable job with being supportive of this cause and went above and beyond in such a short period of time to do whatever they could to help. They were more than willing to bake for the bake sale and to find donations for the basket raffle. We are very proud of the generosity that these young ladies demonstrated throughout this process. They are a great group of young ladies and we look forward to what they will do next year to help the foundation again," both coaches said.
Chase said the community was supportive of the fundraisers and the district appreciates the community support.
"I wanted to thank the students, staff, parents and community members for supporting this fundraiser. So many people donated or purchased items and/or tickets and we appreciate the Pine Valley community coming together to support us," she said.