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The 2017 Virginia Wesleyan College softball program set a program record for Strike Out Cancer, raising $20,004 for the American Cancer Society. The Marlins have now raised a total of $102,417 over the nine-year period that the squad has hosted this fundraiser. The event, held on April 8 this year, is held annually in memory of Elaine F. Sears, the mother of head women’s softball coach Brandon Elliott. "This community continues to amaze me," Elliott said. "There are hundreds of people who have their finger prints all over this day and I am forever grateful to each and everyone of them." Money was raised through a silent auction, T-shirt sales, ticket sales at the gate, food, and generous donations from friends, family, and Virginia Wesleyan fans. Genesis Church of Chesapeake handled the food at the event with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. "To raise this much money with something so simple shows you the enormous potential we have as individuals when we come together for a common purpose," Elliott added. "Cancer took a big loss today and I hope we can continue to chip away at a disease that has stolen so much joy." Donations may still be made: Strike Out Cancer Online Donation