Play4theCure Raises Record Amount for Cancer Research
The Girls Varsity Field Hockey team hosted its 9th annual Play4theCure game on Saturday, October 6, and set a new record by raising $4,094.40 for cancer research with the support of the school community.
Two coed Gunnery teams, Red vs. White, squared off at home under the lights to the delight of fellow students, faculty and friends of the school. To be eligible to play, boys were required to secure sponsorships from girls varsity players. The 18 boys with the highest fundraising totals were then assigned to play for either team Red or team White. Students who raised funds but were not selected to play were placed in charge of the cheer squads, who provided enthusiastic and sonorous support for each team from the sidelines.
Students and faculty were encouraged to make additional donations in support of their favorite team and dressed in their team’s colors for the game. Cupcakes and cookies prepared by the field hockey players and their coaches were on offer, along with hand-beaded necklaces and bracelets that were part of the team’s “Beads Beat Cancer” initiative. In addition, the team established a Crowdrise page to accept online donations. All proceeds were donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR). This year’s total far exceeded the team’s goal of $3,900, as well as their previous Play4theCure fundraising records.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.