In front of a packed, primarily pink gymnasium, Westfield volleyball teams brought strength and spirit to the court to play for a cause that's close to their hearts.
The fourth annual Pink Out saw the Westfield Blue Devils take on the East Brunswick Bears, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
The Blue Devils varsity team bested the Bears in three action-packed games.
Westfield athletics supervisor Sandy Mamary said among the many things that make the event special is the fact that Westfield Varsity Volleyball Coach Bev Torok is a breast cancer survivor.
"Everyone is so happy to be here and to be a part of it," Mamary said. "Local vendors donate food and prizes. Everybody rallies for this. By now people know it's a real worthwhile cause."
Mamary said the true challenge will be beating last year's fundraising total.
"They raised $19,000 in one day," the athletics supervisor said. "That's incredible."
Following the games, which began at 4 p.m. with the freshman team, was a short ceremony recognizing survivors, who were then presented with bouquets of flowers.
"That's what makes this so special," said Mamary.
WHS senior Courtney Weisse, who has played in all four Pink Outs, agreed.
"This is a cause that is near and dear to our coach's heart," Weisse said. "We do it all for her and in the hope of finding a cure in this lifetime."
Ladies from the freshman team said they were glad to have a chance to play for the cause.
"It was a lot of fun to be a part of it," said Grace Pettit.