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11th Annual Pink Out at Herrin High School

Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 11:13 PM CST
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HERRIN, Ill. (KFVS) - It was the 11th Annual Pink Out at the Herrin High School boy’s varsity basketball game Friday night against the Benton Rangers.

And the story behind this tradition only makes it more meaningful.

“Twelve years ago, we had a student who’s mother was battling breast cancer,” Rachel Bonifield, a Herrin math teacher said. “Her mom was actually an elementary school teacher in the district. The whole district came together. There was a student at the high school and a teacher at the elementary, and they had their first ever pink out event. Over the last 11 years, we’ve donated over $45,000 to the American Cancer Society.”

Benton did their part to show support, as they took to the court wearing pink warm-up uniforms.

The game ended with a victory for Benton, 41-34, but it’s the pink-spirited atmosphere that made this night special.

“Seeing the whole community come together like this is just amazing,” Herrin Senior Class President Taylor Cornelius said. “Even Benton participating; they wear the pink, they wear the shirts. It’s just cool to see our small community come together like this.”

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