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Everyone in Minnesota is used to seeing the Minnesota Lynx dominate the basketball court, evidenced by their two championships in the past four years, but I don’t think anyone expected the Lynx to dominate the runway as well. On Wednesday night, they did just that.
Lynx players and coaches took to the runway to show off their incredible and respective fashions as they took part in the seventh annual Catwalk For A Cure.
Presented by Mayo Clinic, Catwalk For A Cure is a fun event for fans to come and see a side of Lynx players and coaches that they may not see on the court. Fans got to mingle with players, bid on some great items for a silent auction and, most importantly, support a great cause. All proceeds from the event went to the Minnesota Lynx Foundation to help support breast cancer research and support programs in the state of Minnesota.
The Lynx, in support of all their great work, took a moment to recognize and support the Mayo Clinic by having Lynx Community Relations Manager Amanda Collins present them with a grant for $10,000 to continue support of their breast cancer research and treatment programs.
“It is truly an honor to receive this $10,000 donation. We are working hard at the Mayo Clinic with our clinicians, our researchers and our investigators to better find treatments so we can have more women living longer with breast cancer diagnosed.”
Catwalk For A Cure is a great event for players and coaches and a wonderful opportunity for fans to see the players on a new level, off the court.
“Just the combination of supporting the team and a cause that we’re all affected by so it’s nice to support the cause,” said Lynx fan Jodi Standke. “And it’s a great activity to go to with a friend.”
“It’s truly incredible to support this team that supports this cause and it just makes you proud to love this team even more,” said Lynx fan Alessandra Chiareli. “This is my first catwalk at which the survivors joined this event and I was just teary-eyed the entire time because it really brings to light what we’re doing this for.”
Fans received the opportunity as well to bid on some great items at a silent auction, including team photos and memorabilia such as a game-worn autographed Lindsay Whalen jersey.
“My philosophy on silent auctions is to bid early and often,” said Standke. I’m not sure what the damage is just yet but I’m on my way to check it out right now.”
Such a great event could not have been made possible had it not been for the great support and participation of Lynx players and coaches, as well as passionate Lynx fans like Standke and Chiareli who came out to support the team and the event.
“It’s just great when you see these women, who were used to seeing on the basketball court, come out and have fun on the catwalk while wearing such cute clothing,” said Chiareli. “I love this team and love how much fun this event was tonight…its a great night to be a Lynx fan.”