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La Tech releases events schedule for Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer

Published: Jul. 6, 2011 at 8:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM CDT
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RUSTON – Louisiana Tech Athletics is teaming up with Northern Louisiana Medical Center (NLMC) and The Minute Magazine for the fifth annual Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer Campaign that will also include the inaugural "Wiggin' Out" dinner this year.
This year's events are centered around the Oct. 1 Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii football game as all proceeds from the fundraisers surrounding it will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure NECLA Affiliate as well as women who are undergoing chemotherapy.
"Louisiana Tech Athletics has really increased its effort over the last few years to make even a bigger impact on our community through service projects," said Tech Assistant Athletics Director Leah Beasley. "Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer has really grown since it began five years ago, and we want this year's effort to be the most impactful yet."
Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer was started in 2007 by Allison Dooley – wife of former Tech head coach Derek Dooley – and more than $50,000 has been raised the past four years for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure NECLA Affiliate with 75 percent of those proceeds going to the local chapter.
One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer while the latest statistics also show over 400 cases of men diagnosed with the disease.
"This will be Northern Louisiana Medical Center's second year to be involved with Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer," said Elizabeth Turnley, NLMC's Director of Marketing. "We are thrilled to be a part of this worthy cause and look forward to future endeavors with BTBC."
The main two fundraisers this year will be the sale of official Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer t-shirts and proceeds generated by the "Wiggin' Out" Dinner which will be held at Squire Creek Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 6.
Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer t-shirts are already on sale ($15 for short sleeve, $20 for long sleeve) at numerous locations around Ruston, including the gift shop at Northern Louisiana Medical Center, LA Tech Ticket Office, Tolliver Hall (Tech campus), Community Trust Bank (Financial Center on North Trenton), Dawg House Sports Grill, LA Tech Marbury Alumni Center, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Ruston, Rodeo Boutique and the Children's Shoppe.
"The Hawaii game is also our Red-Out game and the BTBC t-shirts are red as well," Beasley said. "I hope we have 25,000 people at Joe Aillet Stadium that day all wearing their red BTBC t-shirts. What an impressive sight that would be, and just think of the money it would raise for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure NECLA Affiliate."
T-shirts will also be sold the day of the Tech-Hawaii game at Argent Pavilion (2 to 5 p.m.) and on both the east and west sides of Joe Aillet Stadium starting at 5 p.m. and running through halftime. All proceeds from the sales of these official BTBC t-shirts go to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure NECLA Affiliate.
Northern Louisiana Medical Center (NLMC) is also offering a free ticket to the Hawaii game for each person who gets a mammogram from its facility during the month of September.
Representatives from NLMC, the Susan G. Komen For the Cure NECLA Affiliate, the LA Tech Nursing Department and Louisiana Tech Athletics will be selling the t-shirts at the game along with Susan G. Komen Foundation merchandise. They will also be passing out free breast cancer awareness information and pink ribbons on both sides of the stadium starting at 5 p.m.
The first 2,000 fans through the west side gates will also receive a free breast cancer awareness rally towel sponsored by Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
Honorary captains for the game will be chosen from breast cancer survivor nominations and will be honored on the field during the pre-game coin toss and at halftime along with other survivors and their families. Individuals can nominate breast cancer survivors to serve as honorary game captain by emailing Tech Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing Leah Beasley at lbeasley@latech.edu. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 15.
Tickets for the inaugural "Wiggin' Out" dinner are $50 and can be purchased by calling Audrey Buskirk at 318-254-2492 or by emailing audrey_buskirk@chs.net. Through a joint effort by Louisiana Tech Athletics, Northern Louisiana Medical Center and The Minute Magazine, this is sure to a fun, yet informative night and a celebration of life.
"This is our newest initiative for this year's BTBC event, and we are so thankful to the wonderful people at Northern Louisiana Medical Center and The Minute Magazine who are going to help make this a memorable evening," Beasley said. "This is going to be a celebration of life, and the money we raise will go to help women who are battling cancer."
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and a wine/beer bar will be provided with the special feature drink of the night being the "Pink Wig". Peaches Wig Shop will provide a large wig display as a "Wig Runway" will be set up where individuals can get their picture taken wearing different types of crazy, unique and fun wigs.
Selected Louisiana Tech student-athletes will be in attendance selling raffle tickets as prizes will be given away throughout the night. A silent auction will also be part of the night's fundraising efforts.
All proceeds from the "Wiggin' Out" dinner will benefit women who aren't able to afford to purchase a wig while undergoing chemotherapy.
The Minute Magazine will also be donating their September/October issue to the Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer campaign with numerous feature articles on the game, including the "Wiggin' Out" dinner, the Lady Techster basketball Pink Zone game and Northern Louisiana Medical Center's ease and availability of women's services.
"The entire issue of The Minute Magazine will be devoted to inspiring the women of Louisiana to remain courageous in the face of cancer," said Vicki Caskey, market manager/columnist of The Minute Magazine. "We are teaming up with Louisiana Tech and Northern Louisiana Medical Center for this outrageously fun, funky and fantastic event to be held at Squire Creek. We hope it will inspire others to remain courageous in the face of cancer."

(Courtesy: Louisiana Tech Athletics)