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VolleyFest Tournament Raises Over $14,000 to Fight Breast Cancer

Participants in the second VolleyFest tennis tournament, which was held Oct. 19 at Doubletree Hotel's the Club at Chesterfield.

Nov. 28, 2011 – Over the course of a few hours in mid-October, 85 participants at a round-robin tennis tournament, silent auction, raffle and luncheon raised more than $14,000 to help fight breast cancer.

In its second year in St. Louis, VolleyFest raised $14,657 to benefit the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program (YWBCP) at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, according to co-chair Roz Perea. “The amount collected marks a 20 percent increase over that raised at the inaugural VolleyFest event in 2010,” she says.

According to co-chair Dee Wharton, “One hundred percent of the auction proceeds go directly to the YWBCP, which provides support and education programs, conducts research focused on early onset breast cancer and raises awareness of the issues facing women under 40 who are diagnosed with what is typically the most invasive form of the disease.”

The Oct. 19 event was held at Doubletree Hotel’s the Club at Chesterfield under the auspices of the Sport of Giving, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that holds a variety of regional sports-themed fundraisers around the country to support cancer research and services.