The Hannibal Pirates, Palmyra Youth, and The Flower Children Pirates Relay For Life Teams are hosting “Pink Out The Gym” night during the Tuesday, Jan. 8, varsity basketball games. The Palmyra Panthers and Lady Panthers will host the Hannibal Pirates and Lady Pirates at the Palmyra High School Gym starting at 6 p.m. The Palmyra Youth Relay For Life Team is hosting a spaghetti supper at the high school starting at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8.
Shirts that have been ordered through the schools will be delivered to the students on or before Monday, Jan. 7. Shirts ordered outside of the schools may be picked up at the Palmyra gym prior to the game on Jan. 8. The proceeds from the “Pink Out The Gym” activities go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
There are many activities scheduled during “Pink Out The Gym” night. Swiss Colony, Parker Financial, Jason Utterback of American Family Insurance, and James O’Donnell Funeral Home, all of Hannibal; Paul Frankenbach at GDC Insurance Services, Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel, Craig Spratt of State Farm Insurance, and Keller Farms, all of Palmyra; and GameMasters and Refreshment Services Pepsi of Quincy are sponsoring a special Pink Out “Progressive Shot” contest. Raffle chances will be sold during the evening through the first half of the boys’ game. Three people will be randomly drawn at halftime of the boys’ game for a chance to “shoot” for a share of up to $600. The participants will have 30 seconds to make a lay-up, free throw, 3-point shot and a one-shot opportunity to make a half-court basket. If they make all four shots in 30 seconds they will share in the $600 prize.
All four teams participating in the varsity basketball games for “Pink Out The Gym” have autographed a special pink basketball. This commemorative item along with other autographed memorabilia and a Hannibal bleacher chair will be available to the highest bidders through a silent auction held during the evening.
The Palmyra High School Pom Pons Team will be dedicating its performance during halftime of the girls’ game as a tribute to cancer survivors and caregivers. All cancer survivors and caregivers are encouraged to attend “Pink Out The Gym” night for this performance. There will also be the opportunity for cancer survivors and caregivers to learn more about and register for the Relay For Life of Marion County, which will be held on June 7 and 8 at Flower City Park in Palmyra.
People are urged to wear their “Pink Out” shirt to the ball game on Jan. 8 to show their support for the Pirates and Panthers and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. For information, please contact Larry Seago at (573) 769-2066, Mark Bross at (573) 769-2365 or Deanine Haynes at (573) 231-6317.