MODEL Citizens for Breast Cancer Awareness
By Kayla Cook | August 13, 2012
On Sunday, August 12, Indiana Fever players Katie Douglas, Briann January, Erin Phillips, Jeanette Pohlen, Tammy Sutton-Brown and Shavonte Zellous all participated in the annual Simply Pink Fashion Show put on by Pink-4-Ever. Simply Pink is a fundraising event benefiting Pink-4-Ever's Emergency Assistance Program. Proceeds from the fashion show provide emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men who are in active treatment for breast cancer.
Pink-4-Ever was created in the image to show what breast cancer survivors and cancer awareness advocates in the community have lived through. The event celebrates the lives of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and brings awareness to the community about how cancer not only affects those with cancer, but everyone who knows someone dealing with the disease.
Fever players had a great time participating in the fashion show and had a chance to channel their inner model for a good cause. “My teammates and I are really happy to be here today and to be involved with something important like this,” said Briann January at the event. All of the players feel strongly about cancer awareness and giving back to the community for this needed cause. Several players including Douglas, Phillips, Pohlen and Zellous have lost family members to cancer, or have family members who are survivors.
Not only was the fashion show for a good cause, but everyone involved had a lot of fun putting it on. The players also had a good time preparing for the fashion show during hair, make-up and wardrobe periods when they all joked with each other before taking to the runway. They grouped together similarly to how they would before a game to get each other excited and to shake off any last minute nerves. After fast-paced wardrobe changes and walking down the runway the players laughed, high-fived and all-in-all had a great time.
The Indiana Fever helped sponsor the Simply Pink Fashion Show and had many items available in the silent auction including autographed breast health basketballs, t-shirts and photographs from each of the players in the show. Many Fever fans also were in attendance showing their support of their favorite athletes and a great cause.
Another opportunity to support this cause is by attending Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Community Health Network. The game will take place on Friday, September 14 when the Fever takes on the Minnesota Lynx at 7:00 p.m., at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The first 3,000 fans to the game will receive a pair of pink Fever sunglasses courtesy of Community Health Network. The 3rd annual Breast Health Awareness Postgame Live Auction follows the game with Fever players and coaches auctioning game-worn autographed pink jerseys and other autographed memorabilia. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Community Breast Health Fund to continue in the fight against cancer.