URI to hold third-annual Pink Out during men’s basketball game against Dayton

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Student-led fundraiser to benefit Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 20, 2009 – Keaney Blue is generally the proper attire for a University of Rhode Island athletic event, but pink is in vogue Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Ryan Center.

Fans attending the URI men’s basketball game against the University of Dayton are asked to wear pink in honor of the Athletic Department’s third-annual Pink Out. The event will benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The event is being organized entirely by a committee of student interns headed by senior Jackie Chiodo, an intern in the URI Sports Marketing office. The students will be selling special pink T-shirts for $5 each at the game, with all of the proceeds going directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The shirts also can be purchased on campus in the Memorial Union and at Ballentine Hall in the days leading up to the game.

“Our goal is to raise $20,000 through the Pink Out,” said junior Danielle Baker, the public relations chair of the committee. “This is an important cause that we have been working for. A lot of hard work has gone into this campaign, and everyone has worked well together to make this happen.”

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation, based in Lincoln, was started in 2004 by her family. Gloria Gemma was the mother of Larry, Leonard and Edward – all URI graduates – and Anthony Gemma. The mission of the foundation is to raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education and generate funding for breast health programs.

For more information about the Pink Out, call 401.874.8591, email athmktg@etal.uri.edu or visit www.gorhody.com.