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Pink the Rink Weekend Nets $15,582 for Breast Cancer Awareness

March 6, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) - Fort Wayne Komets News Release

Fort Wayne, IN ---The Komets and the Vera Bradley Foundation announced Wednesday that $15,582 was raised during "Pink The Rink Weekend" at Komet home games Feb. 1st and 2nd. The "Pink The Rink Weekend" was held to fight breast cancer and promote awareness for early detection and treatment.

As part of the "Pink The Rink Weekend" the Komets wore a one-of-a-kind jersey in support of breast cancer awareness. The pink jerseys, trimmed in white and black, sold during a silent auction during both games with proceeds donated to the Vera Bradley Foundation.

23 Komet jerseys were sold in auction with Kaleigh Schrock's #79 attracting the highest bid for the second consecutive year at $1,200. Daniel Maggio's #9 and Brandon Marino's #13 collected the second highest bids of $900 each while Brett Smith's #41 snagged a third-best bid of $850. "The Vera Bradley Foundation and the Fort Wayne Komets wish to thank all Komet fans who helped raise over $15,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation," Komet general manage David Franke said. "Komet fans always step up to donate to the Vera Bradley Foundation on Pink The Rink Weekend."

In addition to the pink jerseys, pink merchandise and autographed pink pucks were sold contributing to the total raised for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Additional autographed pink pucks are on sale at Komet Kuarters with proceeds continuing to be used for breast cancer awareness.

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer was founded by Vera Bradley co-founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller in 1998. To date, it has contributed $17.65 million to the world renowned research team in the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. The team of researchers at the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories is making significant progress and gaining national recognition for their work in the following areas:

Detection of cancer long before tumors form. Identification of women at high risk for developing breast cancer. Breast cancer prevention discoveries. Safer and more effective therapies through individualized therapy based on genetics. Better treatment of recurrences of breast cancer and prevention of metastasis. Enhancing lives of survivors through approaches that improve both length and quality of life.

For more information about the Vera Bradley Foundation visit, verabradley.org.

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