West Linn High School raises $1,500 for local nonprofit Breast Friends in drive thru fundraiser

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - West Linn High student Sky Gomes waits for donations during the Pink Out event.In the first event of a school year turned upside down by coronavirus, the Associated Student Body (ASB) of West Linn High School shifted focus to another devastating disease: breast cancer.

Typically during October, which is widely recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WLHS holds a pinkout week culminating in a home football game, during which ASB raises money for the fight against breast cancer.

Unable to host the typical pinkout week festivities, ASB hosted a Pinkout Drive Thru at WLHS Wednesday, Oct. 28 to raise money for local nonprofit Breast Friends.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Pink face masks were given out for donations during West Linn High's Pink Out event.Aiming to raise $700, ASB more than doubled its goal during the event which featured free cookies, dog treats, pink tie-dye masks, photo opportunities with mascot Lou the Lion and performances from student bands Pistol Pink and In Full Swing.

"Overall it was a really cool atmosphere," ASB President Jacqueline Jones said of the event.

According to Jones, those that came through the drive thru seemed excited about the first school event of the year. She estimated about 200 people came.

"We had to get creative with it because we normally do the football game, but obviously we can't have that," Jones. "We were trying to think of something that would be a fun event that people could still attend but it would still be COVID-19 friendly."PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The West Linn High School band performs during the school's Pink Out event.

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