Oct. 5, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Alabama Gymnastics Team, The DCH Foundation and Tuscaloosa Toyota joined together to get things started with a bang here in West Alabama, hosting a pair of "Power of Pink" events to benefit the Alabama Gymnastics/DCH Breast Cancer Fund.
This year's annual Nite on the Green fundraiser was held Thursday, Oct. 1, at the home of Weldon and Delores Cole, long-time University of Alabama and Crimson Tide Gymnastics supporters. The event, now its fourth year, featured a silent auction along with other entertainment.
"I am so appreciative of Weldon and Delores for hosting this great event and for the effort that so many people put into making these events successful," Alabama head gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson said. "The support the Breast Cancer Fund receives, even in these tough economic times, is so amazing and it allows us to continue to provide vital help to women in this community who are faced with this terrible disease."
The sixth annual Tuscaloosa Toyota DCH Foundation Golf Classic was held the next day, helping "Drive 4 the Cause" and raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund. While the tournament is always a lot of fun, the excitement really builds with the annual shootout where one lucky golfer wins a brand new Toyota. This year's winner has ties to both the local golf and Crimson Tide communities as Alabama's assistant women's golf coach Susan Rosenstiel's shot earned her a Toyota Corolla. Tuscaloosa Toyota, led by general manager David Desantis, continues to play a crucial in the growth of the Power of Pink and the Breast Cancer Fund.
"There's always drama as each golfer in the shootout takes their swing, but this year it was thrilling for me to see a member of the athletic department not only have a chance, but to actually win," Patterson said. "I know it was very exciting for Susan and it was great to watch her children get excited for mommy."
The Alabama Gymnastics/DCH Breast Cancer Fund, started in the fall of 2004 to support Sarah Patterson's "Power of Pink" initiative, provides awareness, education and screenings for underinsured women in West Alabama. Going into this year's "Power of Pink" events, over $750,000 has been raised to help women in need in the West Alabama community.