The Wellesley basketball teams raised over $1,000 for The Ellie Fund as part of Think Pink Night. (Photo courtesy of Annie Cohen)
On Friday, January 29 the Wellesley boys and girls basketball teams faced off against Walpole for “Think Pink Night” at Wellesley High in a doubleheader event.
The girls’ basketball teams from the Bay State Conference stepped up again this year to fight breast cancer. At Wellesley High, both the girls and the boys Raiders basketball teams participated by collecting raffle prize donations from basketball families, local businesses and corporate sponsors.
During halftime at each game, prizes were raffled-off, including Beats wireless headphones, gift certificates to local restaurants, a digital camera, tickets to Boston College basketball games and an assortment of Wellesley Raider tumblers stuffed with “Think Pink” merchandise, candy and treats and gift cards.
Raffle prizes were donated by Wellesley High basketball families, Wellesley girls’ soccer, Wellesley Youth Basketball and many local businesses.
The Wellesley Raiders raised over $1,000 in proceeds from the raffle, which will be donated to The Ellie Fund, a local nonprofit with the mission of providing essential support for breast cancer patients and their families.
To help bring in a big crowd for the games, Wellesley Youth Basketball sponsored free tickets to the game to any WYBA player who arrived at the game wearing their team jersey. First Commons Bank helped support the event with 100 free tickets for the first 50 Wellesley High students who arrived at each game wearing a pink shirt.
Jana Abramson and Blake Groves from First Common Bank presented the sponsorship check to Wellesley High Principal Jamie Chisum, Athletic Director John Brown, girls’ head coach Glen Magpiong, assistant coach Alex Parrella and the entire girls’ basketball team, many of them wearing their “Think Pink” t-shirts.