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Dig These Girls Thursday Night in Pink. It's the Annual Col v. Suw High Girls Volley Ball Shoot Out
Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Columbia High's JV team. It is their last game as JV's.

COLUMBIA COUNTY/LAKE CITY, FL – Thursday night the 6th annual Columbia vs. Suwannee High girls volleyball game known as the “Dig Pink" is set to begin serving up the balls at 5:30 pm in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Florida Gateway College is the host of this year's Dig Pink game which will be taking place at the newly renovated Howard Center.

Proceeds from the games will go to Suwannee County's Bosom Buddies support group.

FGC President Dr. Larry Barrett told your reporter, "We are really excited to be hosting this event. It was touch and go for a while that the Howard Center would be ready in time. We got it done."

Dr. Barrett added, "It's a chance for our community to see the changes occurring on campus and an opportunity to support a great cause. I am really looking forward to this event.”

County Commissioner Scarlet Frisina told the Observer that recently she had a family member who was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I will definitely be there rooting for the girls as they raise money for this very personal and important cause, and my daughter Caitlyn will be cheering beside me," she said.

Heather Benson, Columbia High volley ball coach, is excited about the game and told the Observer that they began planning the Dig Pink in August.

Columbia High's Varsity team. Next step - College.

Coach Benson's enthusiasm has carried over to her girls. "They are all very excited about this. This is the last JV game of the year and the teams are thrilled to be playing at the college," she said. "In addition, this gives the varsity team a chance to play at a college and experience what it is like to actually play in a college environment."

Coach Benson explained that all the concession stand items are homemade and donated by the girls and their families and "all the concession stand proceeds will go to benefit Bosom Buddies."

Coach Benson concluded, "Our teams are very supportive and urge everyone to come out and support the cause."

The JV game begins at 5:30. The Varsity squad begins play at 7 pm.

Mike McKee, FGC Dir. of Media, suggests bringing your cameras.


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