Another Catwalk, Another Success

Kyle Ratke
Web Editorial Associate

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If you wanted to see Minnesota Lynx shooting guard Seimone Augustus wear a dress while carrying a dog, watch point guard Lindsay Whalen attempt to dance and be part of a cause that raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer awareness, you should have been at the Mall of America Thursday evening.

The Lynx took part in their fifth annual Catwalk For A Cure. The event features Minnesota Lynx players and coaches, dressing up from prom attire to cowboy outfits while walking on a runway, receiving claps, laughs and smiles from fans.

Whereas the event is extremely entertaining, the cause is much greater. All proceeds from the event go to breast cancer awareness and on Thursday, the Lynx Foundation presented Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation with a $10,000 check. The Lynx Foundation and the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation partnered throughout the season and raised money by means of ticket sales among other things throughout the week to find a cure for breast cancer.

"We enjoy a great partnership and relationship with the Lynx, and this week has been the grand culmination of a lot of hard work," said Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation Vice President of Marketing Eva May, who was presented with the check. "With the Lynx Pink Out game, the win was awesome on Saturday. Coming back here for this great event has been incredible. What's great is to see the passion of the fans for the team, and the passion of the team AND the fans for the cause. We really respect and are so grateful to the Lynx for their commitment to breast cancer research."

The Lynx have been unrelenting in their effort to find a cure to breast cancer throughout the years. This week, they have held a Pink Out, in which they auctioned off jerseys after last Saturday's game against the Indiana Fever. In the process, they raised more than $26,000.

Thursday's Catwalk proved more of the team's willingness to do whatever it can to help a cause that affects nearly everyone.

"(It's) another opportunity to fight for a cure for a disease that has affected so many of us and so many loved ones and so many women around the world," Augustus said before Thursday's event. "Today is a day to show how much we support and love those women and how much they inspire us." While the cause for the event was serious, there were plenty of laughs during the night. The event started at 6:30 p.m. Previous to the walk, season ticket members were able to bid on silent auction items such as signed basketballs, photos and even shoes.

Fans were able to see a different side of players that they normally aren't able to see, whether that be Monica Wright's shoe collection, Janel McCarville's cowgirl attire or even coach Jim Petersen rocking some Jordan kicks.

The event ran smoothly, thanks to plenty of planning from all sides involved. From the players picking out their wardrobes to Lynx Community Relations Manager Amanda Collins organizing things throughout the last few months, itt all paid off on Thursday and it appeared as if all sides involved won.

The Lynx, who are 28 games into a grueling season, were able to take a break to breath and laugh. Fans were able to connect with players on a level that is almost unheard of at the professional level.

"This is the second time I've been to this event and it keeps getting better and better," said fan Judy Sherwood, who was in attendance. "I love coming to see the players. They are so real and so exciting and they just connect with all of us... They are some really sincere, hardworking people who are devoted to their cause and their sport and they give so much back to the community."

And the final winner, of course, was breast cancer awareness. While the disease is unfortunately all too common, events like this prove that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hearing success stories only further proves that these events not only raise a substantial amount of money, but also inspire those fighting breast cancer.

"The Catwalk for a cure is a great cause for breast cancer awareness," McCarville said. "Any way we can give back to community is great and we are more than happy to be a part of it."

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