Making the presentation was Lady Flames volleyball coach Andrea Hudson who awarded the hard-earned proceeds to Jan Moses, foundation director.
“I am so pleased once again that our fundraising efforts for the scholarship foundation exceeded the previous year,” Hudson said. “Every year we try to incorporate something new and the addition of the ‘Doctors Vs. Lawyers’ softball game was another great effort to get more of the community involved.”
The sale of Volley for a Cure T-shirts continues to be the volleyball team’s biggest push. With area high schools and local businesses getting involved, more than 5,000 colorful pink-and-black shirts were sold.
“We love playing the annual volleyball game,” Hudson added. “The entire evening is spectacular with so many people coming together to make it happen. I love this community. I grew up here and I am so thankful our community supports the efforts of our Lee University athletic teams, and so many people combine to help us give back to the community as well.”
Moses said the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation continues to grow, not only across the state, but around the nation.
“The way the local and surrounding communities have responded to this effort would make MaryEllen so proud,” Hudson said. “The cause just continues to grow and we are so pleased to be able to take the funds and present college scholarships to young people who have had family members battle breast cancer.”
The doctors and lawyer raised $6,000 for the foundation with their annual softball game this last year.
“The local doctors and lawyers continued their longstanding rivalry on the softball field,” Cleveland attorney Robert Thompson said. “The purpose of the event was to raise money for the children who have lost a parent to breast cancer or whose parent is a breast cancer survivor.”
Thompson playfully conceded the physicians won the recent contest, and added this longstanding tradition has more than a 30-year history with the initial games being played on the basketball court. Like all good lawyers, he pledged his group will be ready for the next event. Thompson said he was thrilled “... to be a part of this tremendous fundraising effort.”
Both Thompson and Dr. David McIntire praised the efforts of Cleveland resident and Volley for a Cure supporter Zandra Welch. The duo credited Welch for helping to connect the “Doctors Vs. Lawyers” friendly rivalry, and its strong fundraising, with the Locher Foundation.
“It was her idea and I can’t think of a better way to help carry on a 30-year tradition,” McIntire said. “Zandra helped pump good energy into this event and gave us an opportunity to spin a very good cause.”