Fredericksburg Academy and Wakefield take titles, while Foxcroft and the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation collect kudos and cash
MIDDLEBURG, VA—Fredericksburg Academy dethroned Wakefield School as varsity champion but Wakefield’s middle school team took a trophy home to The Plains Saturday when Foxcroft School’s sixth annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament to benefit local Cherry Blossom Breasts Cancer Foundation was held.
Picture Above: Foxcroft School Athletic Association members (from left) Madeline McNamara, a senior from Charlottesville), Meredith Dietz (senior, Unionville, PA), Charlotte Scharfenberg (junior, Middleburg) and Pipsy Steyn (junior, Leesburg) and Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff organized this year’s Think Pink Basketball Tournament, an annual event that has helped Foxcroft raise upwards of $50,000 for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation over the past decade.
Wakefield’s varsity had virtually owned the Think Pink high school title, winning it four of the previous five years (and missing the tournament the fifth year). But Fredericksburg and St. James School (Hagerstown, MD) beat them to the championship game, FA won, 38-30.
Picture Above: Wakefield 3 with trophy: Wakefield School in The Plains claimed the Think Pink Middle School title and (from left) co-captains Haile Morton (left), an 8th grader from Culpeper, Coach Aimee Atkins, and co- captain Alex Parra, a 7th grader from Chantilly, took home a cool trophy designed and built by Foxcroft School’s Introduction to STEM class.
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From Foxcroft's Left to right:
Front row: Marias Blundell, Pipsy Steyn, Charlotte Scharfenberg
Back row: Michelle Woodruff, Meredith Dietz, Stephanie Knapp, Becky Hoecker, Madeline McNamara, Cathy McGehee, Mary Park Durham
Pooches arriving for Pooch Prance
Early arrival desk at Ashburn
Having fun prior to the events.
Gathering at the start of the events.
Runners prepare for the start of the timed race.
Group of participants on the Middleburg Walk.
CBBCF Board Member Liz Wallace with Tonya Washington and Antoinette Hall .
Foxcroft Head of School Cathy McGhee with CBBCF Finance Chair, Sandi Atkins.
Winners of the timed race are recognized on stage following the race.
Many Walk Participants
Getting Ready to Walk and Run
Women in Pink
Nanette White's Family Cutting the Pink Start Ribbon
Two Pink Dressed Pooches
Marcy Harris and Mary Park Durham
Cherry Blossom Chair Thanking Foxcroft Coach Matt Mohler for the Race Success
At its May Annual Meeting, Middleburg’s Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation (CBBCF) elected three new board members and its four officers for 2015-16 while expressing its appreciation to three departing directors.
Joining the board for three year terms are Cindy Battino of Leesburg and Annette Morgan of Ashburn. Serving for one year until she graduates from Foxcroft School, is Jessie Herman of Waterford. Ms Battino is a graduate of George Mason University, the owner of Transformational Healing, and co-leads the foundation’s Ashburn Walk and Fun Run. A vice president of Middleburg Bank, Ms Morgan is also a member of the board of directors of Leadership Loudoun and co-leads the Ashburn Walk and Fun Run. Ms Herman will be a senior at Foxcroft School and holds one of the three positions designated for Foxcroft.
Elected to lead CBBCF for the July 1-June 30 fiscal year were Mary Park Durham of Dallas, Texas and Foxcroft School as Secretary; as Treasurer, Kim O’Donnell, a Certified Public Accountant and owner of O’Donnell and Associates of Middleburg; as Vice Chair, Stephanie Knapp of Upperville, a former Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Church; and as Chair, James Atkins, founder of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation.
Departing the sixteen member board are Lyndsay Welsh Chamblin of Leesburg, who served as secretary for two years; Lisa Weber of Warrenton, a member since 2010 and former vice chair; and Lillian Potter of Purcellville, one of the first two Foxcroft students to join the board in 2014.
Since its founding in 2007 to raise money for the local fight against breast cancer, CBBCF has granted almost $700,000 with an overhead rate of less than 10% and no full-time staff or facilities. Its grants have been to organizations such as: Loudoun Breast Health Network; Inova Loudoun Hospital, Fauquier Hospital, IIIBs Foundation, Casting for Recovery, Blue Ridge Hospice, Loudoun Voluntary Caregivers, Novant Health’s Mammography Van, and others.
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The Middleburg and Ashburn Cherry Blossom Walks, Fun Runs and Pooch Prances for Breast Cancer drew hundreds of participants, many with their pooches, as the Foundation celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 11th.
Supported by Grand Sponsor, Middleburg Bank, Parva Plastic Surgery, sixteen other sponsors, and the many participants, the Foundation raised awareness across Northern Virginia of its mission to Detect, Treat, Educate and Eliminate breast cancer for local women.
Gross proceeds from the two events were $46,500, down from $53,000 last year. However, event expenses for tents, tables, advertising, etc., were $8,700, significantly lower than last year's $12,800.
Combined with its earlier 2015 fundraising, the Foundation now has about $65,000 for its Grants Committee to award in early 2016 to Loudoun and Fauquier county organizations that help local women fight breast cancer. Additional docations by year's end are expected to increast that amount.
Remember that funds raised only support local women and are not sent to national organizations or out of the area. Sponsors are needed, so please email us for a proposal.