(RAPID CITY, SD) – On Monday night, the Rapid City Rush held their 4th Annual “Bras For a Cause” Event at Teddy’s Sports Bar and Grill. The event, which helps raise money in honor of breast cancer research, saw Rush players modeling off bras made by the Rapid City community, which were auctioned off with all proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. Once again, the event was a great success, as the Rush organization helped raise $6,200, just about one thousand dollars more than last year’s total of $5,205.
“I think it was a tremendous success”, said Rush captain Scott Wray of the event, which generally raises between five and six thousand dollars a year, including a year passing the seven thousand dollar plateau. “At first you feel uncomfortable in front of a big crowd wearing nothing but a bra, but after awhile not only do you loosen up, but you remember that this is for such a great cause”.
“I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect with this event”, said Mark Binetti, Director of Media Relations and “Voice of the Rush”, who participated in the event for the first time. “I agree with Scott [Wray]: it was slightly nerve-wracking, especially because I had never been involved in an event like this before. But after the people start cheering the players and yourself on and you hear the auctioneer just call out high number after high number, you’re floored. You can’t believe that this is what this event is capable of and it is an absolute honor to be a part of.
“Having a brother that is in medical school, and having been a pre-med student in college, I understand how much help the medical professionals need to raise money for cancer research”, said Binetti. “It is great to know that you’re helping out a great cause. I don’t have any family members that have been affected by breast cancer, but I have friends whose mothers have fought it and survived, so at least I can help them out and other families who have had to deal with this hardship. It feels great to help out the American Cancer society in their efforts.”
“Every year it just gets bigger and better”, said Kristen Huitema of the American Cancer Society. “Lots of new people came to see the event, and for us, just raising awareness for cancer is an important thing”. When asked about her experience with the Rush’s involvement, she added “It’s a great thing to be involved with Rush players and their wives and girlfriends. The first year the Rush were involved in the event I was just a volunteer. It was awesome to see the Rush players show another side of themselves: that they’re down to earth people that love to help out with causes like this. Every year we’ve had great participation from the players, especially considering that they were on their all-star break on Monday, so I am very thankful that they took time out of their ‘vacation’, so to speak, to help us with this event.”
When asked if he would do it again, Binetti added: “You’ll definitely see me again at this event next year, I guarantee it.”
Other Rush News:
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are available now by calling the Rush office at 716-7825.
Don’t forget to join Mark Binetti, “Voice of the Rush”, and Head Coach/GM Joe Ferras for “The Rush Hour with Coach Ferras”, presented by Miller Lite. The show returns to the air next year on Wednesday, January 22nd, and will be held at 6 PM at Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. The show is broadcast on 100.3 The FOX, the official radio home of your Rapid City Rush.
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