Oct. 4, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Alabama head gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson once again served as co-host of a packed house for the annual Nite on the Green fundraiser for the Alabama Gymnastics/DCH Breast Cancer Fund Monday evening at the Bryant Conference Center. In addition to the annual live and silent auctions, the proceeds of which go to the Breast Cancer Fund, the event featured a rocking performance by Taylor Hicks of American Idol fame.
"Tonight was an unbelievable event," Patterson said. "Taylor Hicks was amazing, the silent auction featured so many wonderful items and the live auction was so exciting. Everyone knows someone in their lives who has been affected by this terrible disease and the more awareness and the more money we raise, the more we can do to make a difference in the West Alabama community. That's why everyone involved has works hard to make a Nite on the Green all that it is."
Going into this year's benefit, more than $1 million has been raised since Patterson and the DCH Foundation came together to start the fund in 2004. The Nite on the Green and Wednesday's Tuscaloosa Toyota/DCH Foundation Golf Classic which will be held at Indian Hills, are the major fundraisers for the initiative.
"There are so many people to thank when an event like this is as successful as Monday's was," Patterson said. "I am so appreciative to everyone involved. I am especially grateful for the support, vision and dedication that David DeSantis and Tuscaloosa Toyota have provided in making these events such a success "
The DCH Breast Cancer Fund's purpose is to promote awareness and provide educational programs on prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The Fund also provides breast screenings to women in need of those services. Patients who meet the eligibility requirements will be provided assistance to pay for early detection services at the DCH Cancer Center.