In its first year as a student-led effort, Ravenscroft's team fundraising for A Crucial Catch has exceeded its ambitious goal of $25,000.
Samantha Doherty '19 and Paige Gordon '18 led the team, Ravens Fighting Against Breast Cancer, in raising money in support of the partnership between the National Football League and the American Cancer Society, which funds cancer screenings, treatment and research. Throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the team — made up of Upper School students including Davis Mcnabb '19, Fionna Provencher '18, Caroline Rutigliano '20, Nikhil Sachar '20 and Claire Ziperski '20 — wore pink to show support and raise awareness about breast cancer. The students organized multiple fundraisers on campus and in partnership with local businesses and are accepting donations online through Dec. 1.
"This year, our goal was to raise $25,000 and be the top fundraising team in the Carolinas," Paige explained in their fundraising video. "Did we mention we're competitive?"
The team organized several events on campus in support of A Crucial Catch, including the Pink Out game during Homecoming, at which they sold flowers, baked goods and more. Many fellow Ravens supported their efforts, wearing pink to sporting events throughout October and participating in fundraisers.
As of Nov. 27, with five days to go, the team had exceeded their target, with $25,223.85 raised, and had topped not only the other teams in the Carolinas but those across the nation as well.
The team was recognized for their efforts by the American Cancer Society, who sent Samantha and Paige to sound the siren at the Carolina Hurricanes' Nov. 19 "Fight Cancer Night" at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
"You may wonder why we're doing this, when we're so busy with school and sports and just being teenagers," Samantha said. "Like so many others, our lives have been touched by breast cancer. It's time to end this disease."