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Roseville volleyball player digs up a fundraiser

Senior Hilary Coy organizes Dig Pink event for breast cancer awareness
By: Bill Poindexter
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The light bulb went on a few months ago when Hilary Coy was watching a college volleyball match on TV. The focus was on breast cancer awareness, and everyone was wearing pink. Coy visited a website on Dig Pink fundraisers, picked up tips on how to run an event and began contacting people. Last Thursday night, as she prepared for Roseville High School’s Sierra Foothill League volleyball match, she watched the gym fill beyond normal for the freshman match, watched adults and toddlers arrive in pink, and watched visitors from Rocklin walk through the doors with items to contribute to her bake sale. “It’s pretty cool. It makes me happy because I worked pretty hard,” said the senior, who painted her toenails pink for the event. “Sending out e-mails, reaching out to everyone, making posters, doing signs, getting everyone to participate.” The Roseville High boosters club suggested Coy hold a bake sale as part of the event and pointed her in the direction of Ginger’s Restaurant in Roseville about serving the food. Ginger’s donated 50 percent of its profit from the event to breast cancer awareness, according to Hilary’s mom, Laura, and Rocklin fans joined Roseville parents in donating items to the bake sale. Players and fans ditched the usual hot dog-soda postgame meal for brownies, cookies and other sweets. “Parents have been bringing items for the bake sale,” said Laura Coy, dressed in pink herself. “Rocklin has done a great job. They’ve been out here buying it as well.” Hilary Coy, who has an aunt who’s a two-time breast cancer survivor, said she received considerable help from friend and teammate Stephanie Blumm, who handled much of the design for their Dig Pink T-shirt. A volleyball served as the dot for the letter ‘i’ and a Tiger paw was included, of course. They gave the design to friend Logan Palmer, whose parents own Palmer Signs of Roseville. Palmer Signs printed the shirts. Roseville coach Ron Grove wore a Dig Pink shirt for the event. He wasn’t surprised that one of the Tigers’ best defensive players made the event happen. “I had her in student government her freshman year,” he said of Coy, one of several three-year varsity players for Roseville. “She knows how to put things together.” Coy and Blumm worked at the Special Olympics over the summer, but Laura Coy believed her daughter was “relieved” that the event was going well. “Leading up to this week, she was wondering if it was going to turn out, if it was going to be a well-attended event, if the bake sale was going to go well, and everything is working out the way she imagined,” Laura Coy said. “It makes me so proud. I was really proud of her for even coming up with the idea.” Bill Poindexter can be reached at billp@goldcountrymedia.com.