Menlo College's "Think Pink" Day proves to be a huge success

The Menlo College athletic department raised nearly $1,200 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation from its annual "Think Pink Day," recently. The baseball, men's basketball and women's basketball each participated in the event.

By Susan G. Komen Foundation
The teams wore pink in their games on a recent Saturday to show support for the department's annual fund raising event.

Efforts surrounding the three events included 50-50 raffles, donations for pink ribbons displayed on gym walls, and the gate revenu.

"Our 'Think Pink Day' further illustrates our department goal to be servant leaders and make an impact in the local community both on and off the field of play," Menlo College Athletic Director Keith Spataro said. "Seeing our teams and department come together for this cause once again shows our commitment to our department goals and our ability to rally around a great cause."

The Menlo College Athletic Department consists of 15 teams competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Over 50 percent of all students on campus participate in athletics.

— Menlo Athletics


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Posted by Theresa
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

I wish Menlo had chosen a different charity. Susan G Komen is notoriously inefficient with the funds they receive, with the bulk (well over 50%!) going to administrative expenses and fund-raising. Then there's the matter of their pulling funding for Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screenings for low-income women.

I've been involved with Gunn High School's "Dig Pink" event for the last five years. In 2012, we made Palo Alto's Breast Cancer Connections the recipient of our fund-raising. It serves the Peninsula and is extremely efficient as far as expenditures go. More than 90% of funds raised are used in programs.

I encourage all sports programs who hold breast cancer awareness events to find a different organization than Komen.

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Posted by Wishing
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Very sorry to see this support for a "charity" known best for enriching its highly-paid executives and marketing activities, rather than for providing funds that actually make a difference in preventing or treating breast cancer (note that funding for research on prevention is MUCH more limited than funding for research for treatment since the entities (typically large pharma corporations and medical equipment corporations as well as the medical establishment more generally) that benefit financially from treatment don't gain those same economic benefits if we can prevent the disease altogether.

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Posted by No Babe in the Woods
a resident of University South
on Feb 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Don't assume all businesses with pink ribbons are actually donating to the cause because there are scams out there:

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