Oakwood-G-RF football game to be a sea of pink, not purple

Oakwood-G-RF football game to be a sea of pink, not purple

OAKWOOD — Don't expect to see much purple in the stands when the Oakwood Comets football team takes on the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes on Friday.

Fans on both sides of the gridiron will swap their school colors for pink for the 4th annual Paint the Field Pink game to honor and remember those battling cancer.

The event, sponsored by the Comet Power of Pink, includes a raffle for a limited-edition pink Yeti cooler and a silent auction for an array of gift baskets.

People can buy pink and purple Comets hats and ear warmers. They can also buy AmyJo's Popcorn, produced by Dale Wise.

All proceeds will benefit families and staff members in the Oakwood school district who are battling cancer.

The Comet Power of Pink was formed in 2014 by 1993 Oakwood alumni Tricia Keith, Beth Owens, Amanda Wells and Amanda Sperry.

The women created the group to support their classmate and friend Amy Wise, of Oakwood, and her family — husband Dale and the couple's two children — during her second battle with breast cancer. She died in January 2016.

Though the event was started in her classmate's honor, Keith said, it also aims to honor all area folks who are battling cancer or who lost their battle.

"We lost another member of our community earlier this year," Keith said, referring to Darenda Curry of Fithian. "She was one of our football moms, and she was a friend to all of us. It was another hard hit for the community."

Keith said the effort has raised thousands of dollars thanks to "overwhelming" support from Oakwood schools, the community as well as the schools and towns of the rival football teams.

"It hasn't mattered what school they've played," she said. "They've all joined in with us. It's been awesome.

"We've been able to make nine separate donations," Keith continued. "There are no questions asked. They may have to travel for treatment or have a family member go with them. There's sometimes a loss of work. It's not a one-time gift either. If we have a family who has had to continue to fight, we have no problem giving them a donation as long as they need help."

Dale Wise said his wife and family were so appreciative of the outpouring of support when they were on the receiving end. And, it's heartwarming to see it continue.

"It's what she would have done ... to help someone else," he said.

Now, Wise and his children enjoy giving back.

For the past two years, he has grown AmyJo's Popcorn on a 41 / 2-acre plot, packaged it and sold it to a few movie theaters and kettlecorn companies — an idea that stemmed from Amy's interest in selling the popcorn, which the family enjoyed, at area events. His daughter and son helped design the labels.

Last year, he provided popcorn and jars for the Paint the Field Pink event, and all proceeds went to the Comet Power of Pink fund.

"We did a lot more than I ever anticipated," Wise said, adding that they sold at least 300 jars altogether, including 200 at the game. He hopes to do even more this year.

"This all started with her comment, 'Hey, this would be a good idea,'" he said. "I think it's a good way to tie in with (the event) ... and just to give back for everything."

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