Calera raises $57,000 for breast cancer research during Calera Goes Pink

Published 12:31 pm Wednesday, December 6, 2023

By NOAH WORTHAM | Staff Writer

CALERA – The city of Calera and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama recently partnered for the 13th consecutive year—raising $57,000 during the 2023 edition of Calera Goes Pink.

“Everything went great, I think this has been our best year yet,” said Brandy Cost, finance technician for the city of Calera. “It’s always been a smooth and easy process. Everybody loves to help and donate.”

Every October, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the city of Calera rallies community members, businesses, partners and schools to organize various events, including T-shirt sales, disc golf tournaments, golf tournaments and more.

“Through Calera Goes Pink, every dollar speaks volumes in the fight against breast cancer, fueling research that brings us closer to breakthroughs and brighter tomorrows,” said Kate Kiefer, a BCRFA board member and Calera Goes Pink organizer. “On behalf of the BCRFA, I want to thank the city of Calera for their unwavering generosity over the past thirteen years. Together we are building a future free from this devastating disease.”

Since 2010, Calera Goes Pink has raised nearly $600,000 to support the BCRFA’s mission of raising funding and awareness for critical breast cancer research in Alabama.

“Four years ago, my mother-in-law passed away from breast cancer, so it is extra special to me to help raise as much money as we can because it holds a special place in my heart,” Cost said.

Calera Goes Pink revenue supports the BCRFA’s mission to raise funding and awareness for critical breast cancer research across the state.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and the BCRFA invests in research that drives groundbreaking advancements to save lives. All of the funding stays in Alabama, but has a worldwide impact.

This year’s campaign kicked off with the third annual Disc Golf Goes Pink disc golf tournament which was presented by Bham Now and Vulcan Imaging Associates.

During the tournament, female disc golfers from Calera and beyond competed for the cause at Oliver Park and George W. Roy Recreational Park on Sept. 9.

During the third annual edition Disc Golf Goes pink, nearly $8,000 was raised in support of the cause. Participants enjoyed a day of disc gold and awards were given.

The Calera Goes Pink activities continued as Calera High School hosted its annual Pink Out football game on Oct. 13 when it faced off against Briarwood Christian School.

The month-long program concluded with the Calera Goes Pink Golf Tournament on Oct. 15 at Timberline Golf Club.

The fundraising was accomplished thanks to generous contributions from community members as well as corporate and community partners, including Active Air, A.C. Legg, Bham Now, Central State Bank, Lhoist North America, Dianne Mooney, Saginaw, Volare Wealth Advisors, Vulcan Imaging Associates – Women’s, Wiregrass Construction and Workplay.