Dig Pink on the Road

Author: Rick Dunetz
October 26, 2009

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Rick Dunetz

Executive Director at The Side-Out Foundation
Rick Dunetz is the founder and executive director of The Side-Out foundation. His passion for volleyball and his role as a coach led him to create the Foundation in honor of his mother, Gloria, who lived with breast cancer for six years.

Rick has coached volleyball in his local community for 15 years. Currently, he is the head coach of the Oakton girls freshman volleyball team and assistant coach for the girls varsity volleyball team in Vienna, Virginia.
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Last week we went on a mini tour of 3 different Dig Pink initiatives in 4 states. Each one had something special to offer and combined these events raised over $30,000. First we went to Phoenix, AZ to the Dig Pink in Tukee event. They did an amazing job with decorations and an awesome raffle with over 50 different prizes. The place was packed and the match was exciting…AND we actually did a live broadcast of the event over the Internet. Thank you Carlos and Kim and all the volunteers who made this event special.

Next stop was Juniata College. We literally flew back, got in a car, and drove to Huntingdon, PA where the ladies of Juniata played Carnegie Mellon. We made a human breast cancer ribbon and met with the coaches an organizers. Juniata was the first NCAA college to join us last year thanks to Stephanie Strauss the Juniata setter. Great Job Juniata!
That night we got in the car, drove back to Maryland, went to bed and then woke up and flew to Detroit Michigan to witness the first ever Dig Pink/Kick Pink campaign. The Eastern Michigan University football and volleyball teams partnered on an effort to raise $10,000. It was cold, but it was an amazing effort by coordinator Katie Thompson. The football game was awesome! Even the Marching Band got into the act by wearing pink hats and doing a Breast Cancer tribute to women of rock and roll. The volleyball match had it’s moments as well with the Lady Eagles sporting special pink jerseys. They also had a great auction…in fact, they had a volleyball and a football helmet that both were autographed by JayZ.

The final trip was back at the Volleyball Hall of fame tournament in Holyoke MA. 16 College teams competed over 2 days. We had tremendous discussions with the folks at the VB Hall and we hope to continue our partnership next year to potentially include an outdoor initiative as well as other tournaments. Thank you to Jerry and Rick and everyone who made the tournament a success!

We are home now….whew! What a great experience! Thank you to all the event coordinators and volunteers. You all did a tremendous job.

Last week we went on a mini tour of 3 different Dig Pink initiatives in 4 states. Each one had something special to offer and combined these events raised over $30,000.

First we went to Phoenix, AZ to the Dig Pink in Tukee event. They did an amazing job with decorations and an awesome raffle with over 50 different prizes. The place was packed and the match was exciting…AND we actually did a live broadcast of the event over the Internet. Thank you Carlos and Kim and all the volunteers who made this event SUPER special.

Next stop was Juniata College. We literally flew back, got in a car, and drove to Huntingdon, PA where the ladies of Juniata played Carnegie Mellon. We made a human breast cancer ribbon and met with the coaches an organizers. Juniata was the first NCAA college to join us last year thanks to Stephanie Strauss the Juniata setter. Great Job Juniata!

That night we got in the car, drove back to Maryland, went to bed and then woke up and flew to Detroit Michigan to witness the first ever Dig Pink/Kick Pink campaign. The Eastern Michigan University football and volleyball teams partnered on an effort to raise $10,000. It was cold, but it was an amazing effort by coordinator Katie Thompson. The football game was awesome! Even the Marching Band got into the act by wearing pink hats and doing a Breast Cancer tribute to women of rock and roll. The volleyball match had it’s moments as well with the Lady Eagles sporting special pink jerseys. They also had a great auction…in fact, they had a volleyball and a football helmet that both were autographed by JayZ.

The final trip was back at the Volleyball Hall of fame tournament in Holyoke MA. 16 College teams competed over 2 days. We had tremendous discussions with the folks at the VB Hall and we hope to continue our partnership next year to potentially include an outdoor initiative as well as other tournaments. Thank you to Jerry and Rick and everyone who made the tournament a success!

We are home now….whew! What a great experience! Thank you to all the event coordinators and volunteers. You all did a tremendous job.

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  • Paul

    Great Post


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