Posted by Dave Yarnell /Manistee News
ONEKAMA — All of the students at Onekama
Consolidated Schools gathered together Friday with one
objective — to save some lives.
They donned 360 pink T-shirts they had
purchased for $6 each, formed a big pink ribbon in the
gymnasium, and cheered as Emily Barnard, student council
president, handed a check for $2,150 to Beth McCarthy,
representing the West Shore Healthcare Foundation. This
year West Shore Medical Center’s foundation is using
funds contributed through “pink” campaigns to boost the
hospital’s PET scan technology, advanced imaging used in
the assessment of cancer.
It was the third annual “Portagers Go
Pink” event. The first raised about $500 and $2,200 was
raised last year.
“We have been raising a lot of money for
breast cancer awareness that will go directly to a fund
in our community,” Barnard said to the student body as
she presented the check. “We would like to thank our
community for all its support — the list of donors is on
the back of the shirts — and thank all the students for
their support as well and the teachers and families.”
“What a huge success,” McCarthy said.
“This is a lot of money you’ve raised and it will go a
long way to help people in our community take care of
themselves and be able to have the tests that they need.
Congratulations. Clap for yourselves.”
Nancy Day and Julie Raymond, the
organizers of Manistee’s Paint the Town Pink, were also
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen this much
pink in one room,” Day said. “We want to celebrate you
and what you’ve done to help so many people in our
Day then led the students in a
stadium-like wave around the giant pink ribbon.
“One, two, three, Go Pink,” Day yelled.
“You guys rock. I want to thank you for everything
you’ve done. Thank you very much.”
After the ceremony, all of the students
walked several blocks around the school.
Onekama students formed this
giant pink ribbon. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)
Participating in the presentation of the $2,150
check to the West Shore Healthcare Foundation were,
from the left, Julie Raymond, one of the “Crazy
Ladies in Pink” who organize Manistee’s Paint the
Town Pink; Emily Barnard, president of Onekama High
School’s student council; Beth McCarthy and Kathy
Ervin of the West Shore Healthcare Foundation; Kelly
Koon, student council vice president; and Nancy Day,
the other “Crazy Lady in Pink.” (Dave Yarnell/News