The Pryor Times

February 13, 2013

NSU’s Pack the House Pink for breast cancer awareness


— This event will be held in conjunction with the NSU basketball games vs. Missouri Southern. The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the men tip off at 7:30 p.m.

A further goal of Pack the House Pink is to raise money for the Survivors 2 Scholars scholarship, which was created by the NSU Student Foundation to be awarded to two students per year, one male and one female. The recipients will be either cancer survivors or the immediate family member of a survivor.

“The scholarship has been established at the NSU Foundation, and the first awards will be made during the next academic year,” said Peggy Glenn, executive director of the NSU Foundation. “We anticipate that the recipients will be proud to get the scholarship and excellent advocates for cancer awareness on campus.”

Addie Donatelli, marketing chair for the NSU Student Foundation, said she holds the event near to her heart, as she is the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. She said Pack the House Pink is a way to get students more involved with the cause.

“The importance of Pack the House Pink is to inform the public about breast cancer,” said Donatelli. “The Student Foundation at NSU puts on the event twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.”

There are many activities, including "Minute to Win It" style games, involved with the event. The activities are designed to foster greater student involvement and raise money. There will also be T-shirts for sale for $5.

“Pack the house Pink includes many fundraisers and events,” said Donatelli. “In the past, these have included silent auctions, halftime games and the golden bra award given to NSU Greek organizations that wear the most pink and are the most spirited.”

The NSU Student Foundation asks fans to wear pink to the games in support of those who have suffered from breast cancer.

“We hope to fill the Jack Dobbins Field House to the rafters with pink, so that people can visually see how many people support breast cancer awareness and honor or remember loved ones who have been impacted by this disease,” said Glenn. “It is also one of the last set of basketball games to be played in the field house, so it's a chance of a lifetime and something students can tell their children and grandchildren about.”

The night before Valentine’s Day was intentionally chosen as an opportunity to sell valentines.

“We will be offering ‘Fantastic Valentines’ that people can purchase and fill out,” said Glenn. “Then the recipients will be notified by email and can pick theirs up on Valentine's Day at the University Center."

For more information call the NSU Student Foundation at (918) 444-4200.