"Inspired by LOve," a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society inspired by Ridge senior field hockey player Lauren Heaslip, brought in close to $3,000 at an ant hockey competition and fundraiser held Monday night at Ridge.
The fundraiser was spearheaded by the coaches and Ridge High School's Girls Field Hockey Team.
Ridge Head Field Coach Kim Clark said the event raised funds through the $5 admission, concessions, the Ridge Booster Club Apparel, KK jewelry sales, and donations.
People can continue to send donations to Ridge High School, at 268 S. Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge, Att: Kim Clark, she said.
Checks should be made out directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
said Clark, who also is a health and physical education teacher at the high school.
The ant hockey games pitted senior members of mostly fall sports — but the baseball team won — in fun and action-filled games.
"Inspired by LOve," a reference to Heaslip nickname of "Lo."
Heaslip is battling lymphoma and has been going through chemotherapy treatments for almost a year. But "Lo’s 'never give up attitude motivated us to organize this event," said Field Hockey Head Coach Kim Clark.
The Ridge student has attended almost every single pre-season practice and participated in drills and conditioning, according to information from the team.
"Her persistence through adversity is what high school sports are all about. Lo is an inspiration to our team, and we hope to share that with all the Ridge athletes and the entire Basking Ridge community," said Clark.