Phoenix Mercury raises $15,000 for American Cancer Society

Lighted luminaries at the U.S. Airways Center. (Submitted photo)

The pre-game luminaria dedication at the U.S. Airways Center. (Submitted photo)

The Phoenix Mercury’s annual “Rock the Pink” festivities, brought to you by IASIS Healthcare, raised more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society during the Mercury-Minnesota Lynx game at US Airways Center.

The money was raised through the team’s pre-game luminaria dedication drive, a silent auction of autographed pink Mercury items and a postgame live auction featuring players’ jerseys from the game.

“Rock the Pink Night to me as a breast cancer survivor means life, this partnership with the Mercury enables us to save additional lives from breast cancer, and all cancer,” stated Colleen McKinstry, community manager for American Cancer Society, in a press release. “We love the Mercury and thank them for acknowledging our survivors as well as celebrating us and everything they do to help finish the fight against cancer.”

In addition to the monetary donations, the Mercury turned US Airways Center pink for more than 24 hours, culminating with tonight’s “Rock the Pink” matchup, in an effort to create breast health awareness in the Valley, according to the release.

Sandy Brondello, 2014 WNBA Coach of the Year, leads 2014 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Brittney Griner, All-Stars Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner as the Mercury continue to defend their title during its annual “Woman of Inspiration” game on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. against the Indiana Fever at US Airways Center.

Single game tickets, as well as exclusive two-game plan options and pro-rated X-Factor Memberships, are available by calling 602-252-WNBA or by visiting

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