The IMS community came together to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Jane Lloyd Fund on Friday, October 18, with Pink Sock Day. During the school day, the halls and classrooms were awash in pink sweaters, shirts, pants, and ribbons to encourage parents who were visiting for Parents Weekend to donate to the fund. Later in the day, each student-athlete wore pink socks or shoe laces at their athletic events, and students without games helped organize and sell refreshments, snacks, baked goods, and a variety of pink items at a concession stand. Many members of the boys varsity soccer team wore “For Jane” shirts underneath their uniform tops that they bought and decorated themselves. Teams played with pink balls, and some of our opposing teams who learned of the effort in advance arrived ready to participate with donations, concession items, and pink apparel. “It was one of the best all-around group efforts that I have been a part of,” said Athletic Director Courtney Zeiner.

The event raised an estimated $1730 for the cause. All proceeds will be donated to the Jane Lloyd Fund, which is a local charity in honor of Jane Lloyd, sister to our Upper Campus receptionist, Donna Stoetzner. Jane courageously fought cancer for eight years, passing away in September of 2005. This fund was founded by the Lloyd family to respond to the generosity of the community, which helped Jane when she was in need, so that others in our community might experience the same sense of well being in their own time of need. The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation established the Jane Lloyd Fund to benefit cancer patients and their families in northwest Connecticut. The fund supports patients’ day-to-day living expenses so that they can focus on healing or departing this life comfortably with friends and family.  Click here to view a video produced by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation about The Jane Lloyd Fund.

Thank you to the entire IMS community for their support, donations, baked goods, and presence. Special thanks to Sheryl Knapp, Cecilia Marshall, and the Community Service Program; Courtney Zeiner, Joe Del Visco, and the Athletic Department team captions; Colleen Schopp, Ben Schopp and Stadium Systems, and all of the students who baked for the concession stand and donated their time to the cause.

Donations can be made with checks payable to: the Jane Lloyd Fund. These may be given to Sheryl Knapp or Cecilia Marshall.
This event was sponsored by our Community Service Program and the Athletic Department as we continue to support our school motto: life through service.

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