The Westfield High School Volleyball team and the Breast Cancer Awareness Club held their 6th annual Pink Out Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 17 at WHS. The tournament was held in remembrance of Allie Harth, Patrick and Mary Byrne, Kelly Mazzucco and Rosemary B. Altomare.
“Coming into tonight we probably raised around $27,000,” said Rosann Mondon, mother of varsity captain Megan Mondon.
The tournament was between the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity Westfield and Union Catholic High School girls’volleyball teams. It also included a serving contest, 50/50 raffle, and food and merchandise that filled the school’s hallways, with all of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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“We just keep raising more money each year. We couldn’t do it without everybody volunteering,” said Stacey Boretz, who has been volunteering since the first year of the tournament when her now college-age daughter was on the Westfield volleyball team.
There was so much of an increase in sponsors this year, especially corporate sponsors, that they were rated gold, silver or bronze depending on how much they donated. Gold sponsors donated $1,000 or more. They included Carly Rivera of vbrags.com, 1-800-AUTOLAND, Tarra Services, UBS, Coach and Dun & Bradstreet.
Silver sponsors had to donate at least $500, and they included Coldwell Banker, Gold Medal Fitness, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Crush Volleyball, Central Jersey Volleyball, Essex Volleyball Club, Philosophy, the Venezia Family, the Miller Family, the Sro Family, matching gift from Bank of America and many others.
Those that donated at least $200 or more were considered bronze level and included Ann Marie Murzin, Harvest Restaurants, the Swingle Family, Flatlands Podiatry Office, Bosonac Orthodontics, Joli Visage Clinique, Don-Tre Driving School, Biglin Family and the Boglin Family, among many others.
Although both the freshman and junior varsity teams lost their matches by one game to Union Catholic, the Varsity team won both games against Union Catholic in a row.
“As you know this night is not just about volleyball," said Westfield varsity coach Beverly Torok, who was also a breast cancer survivor. “Without the survivors to celebrate, this night would be a lot different.”
Both teams made a tunnel by connecting their hands and let all the breast cancer survivors present run through them. At the end they were given a bouquet of flowers. In addition to Torok, the survivors included Stephanie Scarano, Carmela Resnick, Roseanne Liviosi, Mary Aronds, Barbara Gill, Stacey Nissenbaum, Maria Delrio, Stacy Ukrainsky, Pam Redicker, Martha Fico,Theresa Kasko, Lori Winter and Dr. Catherine Cunningham.