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Tennent Student Raises $1,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Cassie Baner raised $500 from t-shirt sales and inspired a community member to kick in a matching donation.

More than 200 Tennent students and teachers purchased Pink Out t-shirts from Cassie Baner. Photo by James Boyle.
More than 200 Tennent students and teachers purchased Pink Out t-shirts from Cassie Baner. Photo by James Boyle.
The 50 students and teachers that gathered on the stairs in William Tennent's lobby Friday afternoon were just a fraction of the customers that purchased 12-grader Cassie Baner's self-designed Pink Out t-shirts that she created to raise money for breast cancer research. 

"I want to follow a career in fashion and merchandising," said Baner. "This seemed like a great way to do something that I love and contribute to an important cause."

Throughout the month of October, Baner collected orders from students and teachers during lunchtime in the cafeteria and spent her nights creating the t-shirts. Baner says she sold 225 shirts in her first week, and the momentum kept building on her way to raising $500 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

That was just the beginning, however. Word got out about Baner's fundraising efforts, and Lou Anne Hingley, one of her regular customers from her part-time job at Steam Pub in Upper Southampton, kicked in a matching donation of $500.

Diane Miller, a volunteer from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and 14-year survivor of breast cancer was thankful for the donation and encouraged by the level of enthusiasm from the students.

"It is wonderful that high school students are so determined to raise money for breast cancer," said Miller. "This will be used to help fund research, education and treatment efforts."


MikeS-FCG October 29, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I'm happy to see a young person helping with the fight against a disease that affects so many of us, and our friends and loved ones. One question I have is why is there a dog paw on the shirt? It doesn't seem to have any connection to the slogan or the disease itself. Am I missing something?
James Boyle (Editor) October 29, 2013 at 02:21 PM
It's a Panther paw, to signify the Tennent mascot.
MikeS-FCG October 29, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Ah, gotcha. My kids go to Tennent, and I totally missed the reference. Doh.

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