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February 14, 2011

Charge for a Cure: 66 Donors Raise $3,000 and Counting...

Courtesy Penn Media Relations

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PHILADELPHIA - Now at the halfway point of the 2011 Ivy League season, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team has raised more than $3,000 behind the help of 66 donors to the team's Charge for a Cure initiative. Donors have pledged a donation for every offensive charge taken by the Quakers this season with all money raised going toward the fight against five different diseases - ALS, Lupus, Parkinson's, Breast Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis.

The team, which took 34 offensive charges last season, has already accrued 42 charges this year with nine games remaining. Between the 66 donors, every charge taken is now worth approximately $80 toward the cause. Donors have included many members of the Penn Athletics Department, Penn Alumni, current athletes, members of the media and family and friends.

"I think this has been a really great effort by so many people," head coach Mike McLaughlin said of the Charge for a Cure initiative. "The money is extremely helpful to the cause and its a great thing, but even more so is the awareness that this initiative brings toward these diseases. We are grateful to raise money for these causes, but we always felt the most important part of this initiative was about raising awareness. We are getting more donors on a daily basis and we hope this continues to grow so that we have the opportunity to reach as many people as possible."

Please join the women's basketball team as it looks to make a difference in the lives of the people that this disease affects every day. To join the team in Charge for a Cure, contact assistant coach Kara Cassidy at karacass@upenn.edu. For more information, and a list of organizations the women's basketball program plans on helping this season, click here.

A huge thank you to our donors!!
Noah Gutskey
Fran Cassidy
Kathy Cunnigham
Phil McLaughlin
Sue & Dave Dolan
Tom/Carol Donatucci
Connie Furey
Dave Bryan
Theresa Sanchez
Diane Mussoline
Pam Banks
Karli Cassidy
Denise Kimmel
Mr. & Mrs Dan Rhoads
Kirsten Dineen
Bill Finger
Karen Habrukowich
Dionne Anthon
Luci Sweeney
Geoff Filinuk
George Dorshimer
Guy Van Benschoten
Luke Nawrocki
Julie Power
Mr and Mrs Dickson
Trish Nichols
Jen Dougherty
Chas and Emily
Mike Mahoney
12 Players
Bill McCann
Brian Ziegler
DP Sports Editors
Mathew Leon
Bill, Jordan and Mark
Amy Tarr
Tim Cambpell
David Baron
Jessica Cohen
Roger McGary
Mike McLaughln
Kara Cassidy
Bern Laukaitis
Kelly Killion
Julie Greger
Eric Dolan