The 50 students and teachers that gathered on the stairs in William Tennent's lobby Friday afternoon were just a fraction of the customers that purchased 12-grader Cassie Baner's self-designed Pink Out t-shirts that she created to raise money for breast cancer research.
"I want to follow a career in fashion and merchandising," said Baner. "This seemed like a great way to do something that I love and contribute to an important cause."
Throughout the month of October, Baner collected orders from students and teachers during lunchtime in the cafeteria and spent her nights creating the t-shirts. Baner says she sold 225 shirts in her first week, and the momentum kept building on her way to raising $500 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
That was just the beginning, however. Word got out about Baner's fundraising efforts, and Lou Anne Hingley, one of her regular customers from her part-time job at Steam Pub in Upper Southampton, kicked in a matching donation of $500.
Diane Miller, a volunteer from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and 14-year survivor of breast cancer was thankful for the donation and encouraged by the level of enthusiasm from the students.
"It is wonderful that high school students are so determined to raise money for breast cancer," said Miller. "This will be used to help fund research, education and treatment efforts."