PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns presented a check to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation during halftime of Sunday evening’s game against the Westchester Knicks supporting breast cancer screening and care programs in the community.
YRMC Foundation received a check for $6,665, money raised by the NAZ Suns during their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night held on Nov. 11 against the Iowa Wolves. The money came from participants of a postgame auction, as winning bidders took home specialty pink jerseys signed by players. Winning bidders also took photos and interacted with players following the event.
All proceeds from the auction went to YRMC Foundation, who will use the money to support breast cancer awareness programs in the Prescott Valley area.
NAZ Suns President Chris Presson and Director of Business Operations Ashley Stovall presented the check to YRMC Foundation Executive Director, Robbie Nicol and Dave Barrett during a halftime presentation yesterday, along with a customized specialty pink jersey.
“We can’t thank our fans enough for the generosity they displayed during our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night,” Presson said. “Not only will the money raised go to breast cancer awareness programs in the community, but the customized jerseys with names of people affected by breast cancer provided a reminder that too many of our loved ones have had to deal with this terrible disease. Now YRMC will have greater resources to provide better care to the affected parties.”
The NAZ Suns set a new mark for money raised on Breast Cancer Awareness Night, raising over $1,000 more this year. During their inaugural season, Northern Arizona donated $5,378.44 to YRMC of funds raised in a similar auction.
This year, the Suns held a campaign before kicking off their second season in the NBA G League for fans to submit names of family members and friends who have had or are dealing with breast cancer. Those names were then printed on the jerseys. The team wore those jerseys during their game against the Wolves.
Fans attending the game on Nov. 11 were given pink LED thunder sticks, courtesy of YRMC. Coaches, staff and volunteers also sported pink shirts in support of the night. The Suns’ Breast Cancer Awareness Night was featured on ESPNU during the telecast of their game at the Greensboro Swarm on Nov. 30. A spot with pictures of fans and players wearing the jerseys ran in honor of Jimmy V Week.