Dress For Success Gets Off To Great Start

dodano: 21 marca 2016 przez amberfashion

 BERKELEY - Walking into Levine-Fricke Field for the first home softball game of the 2016 season, fans of either Cal or visiting UCLA probably expected to see two distinct shades of blue dominating the color palette throughout the ballpark.

Instead, purple was the color of the day as the Bears and Bruins kicked off their Pac-12 seasons in Berkeley. While Saturday's game was the start of conference play for both teams, it also marked the start of an effort that will last throughout the season in Strawberry Canyon. Together with the Oakland Police Department, Cal softball began its Dress for Success drive to gather clothing and other items that would be useful at local domestic violence shelters.

When fans walked through the gates, they were greeted not only by purple balloons and purple donation bins but also by members of the Oakland Police Department and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, who handed out purple ribbons for fans to wear in the effort to increase awareness to help domestic violence survivors.

Inside the fences, Cal's commitment to the cause wasn't hard to spot. Bears players warmed up in purple t-shirts that read "All Ages, All Genders, All People. We Are Your Voice" and each player wore a purple ribbon to further bring attention to the cause.

And, Cal had a little help from its opponent in bringing the issue to the forefront. UCLA also donned purple ribbons, joining the Bears in a game broadcast live by the Pac-12 Networks to show their support for a good cause.

"It was really amazing to see everybody come together and pitch in to support our effort," said catcher Annie Aldrete. "We even got UCLA to wear purple ribbons in their hair, which is a big deal because they don't usually wear ribbons. It's just amazing to see what this sport can do on a community service level and on an athletic level. It can be so much bigger than just softball. I think Dress for Success showed that today."

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To further commemorate the event, the members of local law enforcement in attendance took the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Oakland Chief of Police Sean Whent was among those who looked on as OPD Public Information Officer Johnna Watson threw to Aldrete to kick off the 2016 home season in Berkeley.

Saturday's home opener is only the start of a season-long commitment for the Bears. Donation bins will be available at every Cal home game in 2016 and fans are encouraged to donate items - clothes, toiletries, shoes, diapers and anything that could be useful at a domestic violence shelter - throughout the year. Donations will be distributed to local domestic violence shelters via the liaison the OPD works with at the Alameda County Family Justice Center.

"I was amazed by the overwhelming support, not only by the Cal community but also by local law enforcement agencies and the UCLA team and fans," said Cal's Jazmyn Jackson. "The amount of donations we received greatly surpassed our expectations. Being able to bring awareness to domestic violence is important and I'm proud to be a Cal

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