Mystics and Sibley Raise Awareness and Funds for Breast Cancer

July 11, 2008

The Mystics have a tough game this Sunday when they take on the Connecticut Sun at 3:30 p.m., but the bigger news could be happening after the contest.

That’s when the Mystics will host an auction featuring game-worn jerseys and other items with all proceeds going to Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Sullivan Center for Breast Health in a major fund-raising effort.

“This is the first year of a multi-year partnership,” said Marty Pesco Lerner, the team’s director of corporate partnerships.  “It’s the first time we’re doing an auction on Sibley’s behalf.”

There will be a number of things auctioned off. An Alana Beard autographed sneaker, the chance to play the shooting game of HORSE with a Mystics player and a team autographed ball will be among the favorites available to those at the game.

But the biggest draw is likely going to be auction of the jerseys worn in games. That’s the kind of item that’s been more and more popular in fund-raising events in recent years. A Mystics jersey would bring in money from any fan, but one worn in a game makes it even more valuable.

“All of the players will be present, and it will be on the court,” Lerner said. “[The team] has been working on it since we formed the partnership back in January.”

Monica Thompson, the wife of Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III who serves as a Sibley spokesperson, also is going to be honored on Sunday. Ms. Thompson will receive an award from Tiffany & Co. as a recognition of her support of the program.

Lerner said the Mystics will also be giving out rally towels to the first 5,000 fans in support of this. The Mystics-Sibley partnership is going to continue after the game and the season.

In addition, Sibley’s is helping to create a “Survivor’s Section” across from the Mystics bench on game day. Sibley is donating 200 tickets to survivors to help them celebrate their success in battling cancer.

In October, the partnership will enable underserved women in the D.C. area to get mammograms for free. More information will follow on that in the coming weeks.

Admission to this auction comes with a ticket to Mystics-Sun game. For more information on this event or to buy tickets to the game, call 1-877-DCHOOP1. Click here for a tentative list of items up for bid.

The Mystics will want to win, as usual, but there’s going to be a different theme at the Verizon Center on this day. That’s because the subject most people are going to be talking about when they leave the building isn’t offense or defense but learning about cancer and how to prevent and/or treat it.