Millennium holds annual Pink Out event held

David Broyles Staff Reporter

October 1, 2013

Millennium Charter Academy staged its third annual Pink Out Monday, carrying on a tradition of Breast Cancer Awareness.

“All proceeds from the event go to the Surry Cancer Awareness Team. We are feeling good that in the last two years over $1,000 has been raised,” said Presidential Leadership Council Sponsor Cassie Robacker. “This is still a student-driven event and it’s growing. The games are bigger and there are more fans.”

Robacker said from the beginning the event has included raising funds through selling pink cookies and pink lemonade drink singles as well as pink ribbons. She said event originator Elizabeth Campbell, (who has graduated) sought to combine her interests in community service with her dual roles of student and athlete. This continues with Campbell’s brother, Jack, who has picked up the cause.

Council Sponsor and Director of Development and Information Technologies LuAnn Browne said members of the volleyball team plan on wearing pink hair ribbons and used pink duct tape to “trick out” their uniforms. The soccer team, which is also coached by Robacker’s husband, Robert, once again sported their fluorescent pink socks as they took the field. She said the Pink Heals Tour visit to the school on Sept. 23 as well as a bonfire Friday were held in conjunction with the Pink Out.

“A lot of the kids who play still want to do these games,” Robacker said. “It’s not just one family. Pink makes everybody happy.” She said more than 200 ribbons, drink singles and cookies had been sold.

Browne said last Friday the academy concession stand looked like an assembly line as Council Sponsor Bethany Shepherd joined with 13 people to assemble the cookie and drink packs for distribution.

“We assembled it all during our lunch period,” said Browne.”One of our monthly publications, The Lion’s Roar, will be pink as well. We held the event this year at a different time because it was our last home game.”

Council Member Riley Cullen is a good representative of the feelings of many of her classmates about participating in the Pink Out.

“It’s a good cause. I’m proud of how we raised a lot of money to help,” said Cullen. “Everyone loves to support their team and it’s always the most attended game of the season. It’s something that will make an improvement in our world. They (students) see the impact it makes.”

Browne said more than 80 attended a bonfire Friday night held in conjunction with the event where participants roasted marshmallows ans made s’mores.

“The PLC trys to do one event every month,” said Browne. “This is just one between the council and the athletes to support the community and raise awareness. My best memories of this event are how excited the kids are and how excited they truly are to help locally. They get into wearing pink. Even the tough guys. That’s an attitude we want to foster.”

Cullen said cancer is something which touches the lives of many students through their families. Robacker had previously said a show of hands on the soccer team the second year of the event revealed 12 of the 19 players had a family member who battled cancer or knew someone who has the disease.

The Surry Cancer Awareness Team’s mission is to aid in the eradication of cancer through personal and community support by providing outreach, screening, awareness and education. It is a volunteer organization. Meetings are open to anyone interested in helping fight against cancer. The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month. Persons may obtain more information by calling (336) 789-2460.

Reach David Broyles at or 719-1952.