Beta Club sponsor Gerry Young promised to wear an outfit to match the "Pink Purse" if he could raise $100 for breast cancer awareness. His outfit included coordinating satin dress, boa, scarf and flip-flops.
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In Sulphur Bluff Beta Club's drive to fight breast cancer, real men do wear pink

Group taking on a number of good causes this year

From Staff Reports

Oct. 27, 2008 - Sulphur Bluff Beta Club is an active and civic-minded group, hosting various fundraisers and drives to benefit others and deserving causes.

This month, Beta Club initiated a healthy competition between male staff members who were manly enough to carry a "Pink Purse." The large bag with pink trim is used to collect money for breast cancer awareness during October, the month designated for that purpose.

Beta Club sponsor Gerry Young got the ball rolling the week of Oct. 17, pledging to dress up in a dress and other adornments to match the Pink Purse if he was able to collect $100 or more in donations in the purse. He collected almost $150, and true to his promise, donned a pink satin dress with coordinating boa, scarf and flip-flops.

He then challenged others, such as Christopher Preskitt, Sotero Ramirez and coaches Ron Hogue and Marshall Moore to carry the tote and match his donation.

All money donated to the Pink Purse goes to the Beta Club's breast cancer awareness efforts.

The club also sold candles to raise money for projects and hosted "Trucking for the Troops." Donations to the troops will be split evenly between brothers Michael and Thomas Russell, former Sulphur Bluff students who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Beta Club will also be holding a book drive Nov. 3 through Dec. 1, accepting new and slightly used books for the children's library at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.

Club members also encourage students to get a jump on spring projects by starting collections early of Coke can tabs and pennies. Funds raised from those projects will go to help leukemia patients and the Ronald McDonald House.

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