I am very appreciative to and would like to give a sincere thank you to the FM RedHawks organization for hosting this event, especially to Megan Salic, the FM RedHawks Director of Promotions. Please send the RedHawks an e-mail thank you @ email@example.com, they coordinated every aspect of this very successful fundraiser. With our support and acknowledgement they may hold another event like this next year. The $6,100 we generated this year will go a long way in eliminating this terrible disease and saving lives in the future.
Dave Rice, Chad, Katie & Ole
(Pre-game announcement read over the PA system.)
Tonight’s game has been sponsored in memory of Rita Rice. Rita fought a long and courageous battle with breast cancer, twice. In the first battle she was victorious, however, in the second she was not as fortunate. Rita passed away in December of 2005, at the young age of 53.
Rita was a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend to many. There is no way to calculate the number of lives that she touched during her short stay with us. She spent her professional life as a nurse, and devoted her entire life to taking care of her family and her patients.
Rita also opened up her home to a RedHawks player, and soon became known as “Mom Rice” to that player. Rita often stayed up late after a game to give him a few words of encouragement when things didn’t go quite they way they were supposed to on the field. Rita rarely missed a game, as she and her family have held season tickets for many years and have been coming out to see the RedHawks since their inaugural season.
To continue with her legacy, Rita’s family would like to continue helping people by sponsoring this breast cancer research fundraiser. The pink jerseys the Red Hawks are wearing tonight will be auctioned off by silent auction on the concourse. 100% of your donations and jersey bids will go directly to breast cancer research. One day we will eliminate this terrible disease and save the lives of our mothers, wives, daughters, and friends.
According to the American Cancer Society’s Surveillance Research in 2003, “Your chance of getting breast cancer by Age 30: is 1 in 251; by Age 40: 1 in 69; Age 50: 1 in 36; and by Age 60: a 1 in 26 chance of getting breast cancer.”
Please take a look around you. Imagine 4,350 women were packed in this stadium tonight. 621 of these women will have breast cancer at some point in their lives. That is section A, section B, section C, and half of section D. 1 in 7 women will have breast cancer sometime in their lives.
Rita Rice’s husband Dave, son Chad, daughter Katie, and son-in-law Ole ask that you help your wives, mothers, daughters, and friends by donating to this very worthy cause. Just as Rita cared for others, so can we.
(Announcement written by Dave, Katie & Chad. Several announcements were also read during the game publicizing the jersey auction, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Breast Cancer Awareness information.)