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BLAIRSVILLE: Pink-Out raises money for Birdie's Closet

by By ASHLEE STEINER, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 15, 2013 10:50 AM

BLAIRSVILLE — Blairsville Middle-High School raised $3,312.87 during its first “Pink-Out” weeklong fund-raiser. The proceeds were sent to Birdie’s Closet, located at the Indiana Regional Medical Center in White Township, which is to benefit women who have breast cancer.

This idea was presented and executed by guidance counselor Mark Zerfoss, who expressed that he wanted to do something that would benefit breast cancer awareness.

The goal activity for this fundraiser was to reach $1,000 in order for one of the well-known custodians, Ron Johnston, also known as R.J., to have his head publicly shaved by Joe Kosmack, a barber from Homer City.

Once $2,000 had been reached, it had been rumored among middle school students that Zerfoss himself would do the honors and would also receive a celebratory head shave.

After an evening of fundraising excitement, it was announced that Blairsville Middle-High School had raised $3,312.87 during the fundraiser. Zerfoss conceded defeat, and with a nervous smile he sat down, allowing himself to have his head shaved.

This Pink-Out was an event to raise money by getting students involved in Penny Wars. Each middle school class competed against one another to collect the most pennies throughout the week. On Friday students wore pink to demonstrate their support and offered $2 donations for the middle-high schoolers to participate in dodgeball tournaments with concessions hosted by the PTO. Approximately 85 percent of Blairsville Middle-High School students participated in these activities.

When asked how they felt about the Pink-Out experience, many students had a positive attitude.

Junior Alex Parkhurst stated, “The Pink-out dodgeball was really fun, and students were able to release a lot of energy during school hours. I’m glad that our school was able to raise a lot of money for breast cancer awareness.”

Senior Danyelle Pividori said, “It increased our school’s activity in the community, and helped kids get involved instead of just having a fundraiser.”

Senior Angela Shirley added, “It got a lot more kids to participate, because they felt like they were more involved. It was put together very well, the idea was well-structured.”

 

PHOTO: Mark Zerfoss, Blairsville Middle School guidance counselor, had his head shaved to cap a fundraising effort for breast cancer awareness. The school donated more than $3,000 to Birdie’s Closet at IRMC.  (Submitted photos/Blairsville High School)

PHOTO: Ron “R.J.” Johnston, a custodian at Blairsville Middle-High School, also had his head shaved.

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