Staff from Newark Central School District recently raised $750 by participating in Denim Day/Go Pink Day.
Participants from all five schools, the bus garage and the district office each donated $5 to wear jeans or something pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
The fundraiser was organized by Alisha Creager, who teaches third-grade at Kelley School; Kerri Levine, assistant principal of Kelley School; and Lisa Spencer, who teaches English as a new language at Kelley and Newark Middle School.
Creager co-founded Embrace Your Sisters, a Canandaigua organization that supports male and female breast cancer patients in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties by providing short-term emergency financial assistance to help defray the costs of co-pays, medical expenses and other expenses.
Levine said the money from last year’s event was divided between Embrace Your Sisters and a colleague who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Spencer, who has spearheaded the fundraiser at Kelley for many years, said she is grateful the money is being used to assist local breast cancer patients.
“We wanted monies raised to be used locally, and it is really nice to put a face — Alisha’s — with the organization the money is being donated to,’’ Spencer said.
Creager, who acknowledged that Embrace Your Sisters is receiving funds this year from the fundraiser, said every penny donated to the organization is given to breast cancer patients.