For this year’s annual Booster Club Baymen Care Challenge, members of the Hampton Bays varsity football and PAL cheer squads teamed up to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation by hosting a “Party in Pink Zumbathon” charity event.
Approximately 300 people turned out for the Zumbathon dancing event, which was held on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Hampton Bays High School gym.  

In order to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research—which totaled over $3,700, according to varsity cheerleading coach Mary Kate Miedema—members of the high school and elementary cheer squads paired up for a variety of fundraising events. They sold tickets prior to the Zumbathon as well as at the door; raffled off gift certificates; and sold pink goodies such as key chains, bracelets and necklaces. A total of $3,000 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with the remainder of the funds to be earmarked for pompom purchases.

“Everyone seemed to have a blast as they danced and exercised to support a great cause,” Ms. Miedema said.
The five senior members of the Hampton Bays varsity football cheerleading squad—Colleen Casella, Layla De Luca, Itzel Figueroa, Angie Jimenez and Chessa Sheppard—organized the event. They will present the funds to the Booster Club on Nov. 14.