Mercury Raises More Than $37,000 in Support of Breast Cancer Research
The Phoenix Mercury, with the support of 12 News, raised more than $37,000 during the team’s Rock the Pink games (August 6 and August 8) with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Phoenix affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the fight against breast cancer.
The Mercury wore all-pink uniforms and declared both games official “Pink Outs” at US Airways Center. The team’s starting five players, along with newest teammate Kara Braxton, donated their uniforms in a live auction after Sunday’s game. All the uniforms sold for more than $2,000 each and the reigning 2009 MVP, Diana Taurasi, auctioned her game-worn uniform for $12,500 and even threw in dinner and movie to sweeten the deal for the bidder.
“Breast health awareness is a cause our organization and the WNBA have supported since day one,” said Mercury President and General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. “The Mercury has an unwavering stance on women supporting women, and as the only female professional sports team in the Valley, we take a lot of pride in being able to put up a strong fight against this disease that unfortunately too many of us have encountered.”
Additional pink items from the team, including pink and white basketballs autographed by the team, were sold in silent auctions during the games on Friday and Sunday.
Fans in attendance were also able to sign up for “Buddy Check 12,” a free breast health awareness program, which reminds members to do a monthly breast self-exam and alerts them to the latest breast cancer news. Additionally, Susan G. Komen volunteers were on-hand to register fans for the annual Race for the Cure taking place in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 10.