CJ Community Comes Up Big at Pinkout

“Real men wear pink,” or at least that’s what the CJ faculty and staff members were saying on Friday night.

Under the bright lights of Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles, principal John Marshall '86 and PULSE volunteer Dominic Sanfilippo smiled broadly as pink hair coloring dripped down their faces. Greg Mueller, administrator of the Office of Student Services and Student Life, and science teachers Eric Grimm and Matthew Fuhs even let their beards be painted pink. And English teacher Dan Eiser and math teacher Alan Rozanski were quick to show off their dance moves as the crowd cheered them on. 

It was all in good fun and for a good cause at CJ’s PINKOUT benefitting the Pink Ribbon Girls. The student council sponsored event raised more than $2,500 to benefit the organization by selling PINKOUT shirts and other Stop Breast Cancer and pink ribbon items and by collecting donations at the football game Friday.

“We set the goal of $1,000, so raising $2,500 was awesome,” said Angela Ruffolo, student council moderator.

The Pink Ribbon Girls got its start when founder Tracie Metzger and executive director Heather Salazar realized there was no specific group for young women dealing with breast cancer. Pink Ribbon Girls provide family members with services to ease the workload of daily life – like meals, housekeeping or transportation – while providing access to peer support so they may be informed and comforted by others with similar experiences.

The night also included honoring all cancer survivors at the game including Kat Zehenny, assistant to the CJ athletic director, and CJ parent Jackie Banks.

“The night was a big success,” Ruffolo said. “Hopefully, the pink hair color washed out.”