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Sell-out crowd for 'Pink the Rink'

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - 'Pink the Rink' night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium brought out quite the crowd. The AUD was filled to capacity with nearly 4,000 seats filled, all to watch the Utica Comets play in pink.

The 'Pink the Rink' event was to raise awareness about breast cancer. Many of those 4,000 individuals who came out on Friday night, experienced their first Comets game, and their first Comets win.

Tracy Cox attended the event in support of a friend who battled cancer, " Breast cancer touches a lot of people or just cancer in general so I think a lot of people are here just to support it."

Devout Comets fans also attended the game, dressed to impress in pink, all for the cause.

" To support breast cancer awareness it's a great cause, " said Valerie Cannistra, "And we just wanted to be here  supporting the comets."

The well-known Green Man even accessorized in Pink, "Green man does whatever the comets need to help raise awareness for their events."

Many of those who attended hope the comets organization continues to have games like this one, raising money and awareness for charities and organizations.

Every attendee received a pink towel. The first 1,000 women received a pink carnation.

The players jerseys were auctioned off at the end of the game. The prices paid for the jerseys ranged from $950.00 to close to $5,000 dollars.

All proceeds will go to the Breast Care Center at Faxton St. Lukes Hospital.

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