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UW-RF volleyball to host "Dig for the Cure"

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The UW River Falls volleyball team will host a Dig for the Cure volleyball match on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when the Falcons take on the UW-Stout Blue Devils at 7 p.m. at Karges Center.

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This season marks the fourth straight year that the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) volleyball teams are hosting fundraisers for breast cancer awareness in October. All of the money that is raised goes to a foundation (each team selects their own) that supports breast cancer awareness and research. Over the last three seasons, the nine WIAC volleyball teams raised a combined total of over $60,000 that was donated to breast cancer research.

The Falcons hope to raise about $4,000 to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure through donations, t-shirt sales and a silent auction.

"We started collecting donations and selling t-shirts for this event in the last week of September," Falcon teammates Morgan Wynveen and Lauren Matask said in a joint statement. "It is important for us to reach our goal because many of the girls on the team have been impacted by breast cancer in one way or another and because breast cancer is very serious."

The 2011 Dig for the Cure match will feature fun events including: a frozen t-shirt contest, prizes for the best-dressed fans, a silent auction and an athletic team t-shirt competition.

"The event provides a wonderful atmosphere for recognition of survivors and those that are in our memories," Falcon head coach Patti Ford said. "I don't have a favorite part of the event because it is all so wonderful. However, I do love that my athletes are involved in a bigger cause in a way that also gets the community involved."

Admission for UW-RF students will be free, adults will be $8, and kids and senior citizens aged 60 or older will be $4. However, if you wear pink and it is visible you will get half-priced admission.

If you wish to make a donation or purchase a t-shirt for only $12, contact Ford or a member of the volleyball team. Keep in mind that all proceeds will be donated directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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