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Fortuna girls get creative with annual fundraiser

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By Ray Hamill — The lack of a fall season hasn’t prevented the Fortuna High volleyball team from its annual fundraising efforts.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Huskies will host a bake sale in support of breast cancer awareness, the first in a series of fundraising efforts planned.

“We felt it was a good way to get the girls together and be able to help something we really believe in,” head coach Lynsey Adams said. 

The bake sale will take place at two locations in Fortuna — Les Schwab Tires and The Grocery Outlet — and will run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., or until the cakes run out.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Side-Out Foundation, a charity that raises awareness and funds for the treatment of breast cancer, mostly through volleyball events.

This is the second year the Huskies have hosted a Side-Out Foundation fundraiser in October, which is breast cancer awareness month and usually falls within the season.

This year, however, the season has been pushed back to the spring because of COVID-19, but the Huskies decided to go ahead with their fundraising efforts regardless.

“Since October is breast cancer awareness month we figured it would be fitting to do something this month,” Adams said. 

The team’s goal is to raise $1,000 in total, with more fundraisers planned in the next week or two, including a “Dig Dong Ditch,” where boosters can purchase a bag of goodies to be left on somebody else’s porch.

JV head coach Cierra Martin has, according to Adams, spearheaded the fundraiser, with senior Renee Metz also heavily involved along with several other players.

“We’re happy to get the girls back together and get them involved in something that will feel a little closer to normal,” Adams added. “And we’re happy to be supporting a pretty awesome cause.”

The Huskies, who are still waiting on official word from health officials in regard to their season, will begin a restricted conditioning practice session next weekend, although Adams admits they will be limited in what they can do.

“We’re going to start a session to get the girls in the gym and working out a little bit,” she said. “We can’t really share equipment yet, so it’ll be a lot of individual stuff.”

For more information on the fundraiser or to donate, check out the team’s Facebook page.

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