Pink Games generate nearly $2,000

by nathan oster

The Pink Games on Friday night involving the basketball communities of Greybull and Tongue River high schools — coaches, players and fans included — generated nearly $2,000 for local breast cancer programs and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“It was an awesome night … so fun and so many things going on,” said Karen Sylvester, who coordinated the event for Big Horn County Public Health and the Big Horn County Prevention Alliance.

“One of the best things about it was that Tongue River players and fans came in and absolutely embraced the effort. Their fans were bidding on baskets, too. So they really did donate and help support the cause.”

The actual amount raised was $1,986.

That total was achieved through the sale of bracelets and pink bandanas and by the passing of pink boots — on both sides of the gym. Three baskets were auctioned, as were basketballs signed by the teams

Sylvester said Tongue River parents told her they’d love to be invited back next year.

“It was just one of those events that really seemed to work well,” she said.

Some of the money that was raised will remain in the county to help people who require mammograms but may not otherwise be able to pay for them. The rest will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“I want to thank the community for being so excited about the event and for supporting it the way they did,” said Sylvester. “I just can’t say enough. The baskets were amazing, and that’s because of the businesses and individuals who made them worthwhile to be purchased.”