Shelton Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading raised $1,800 for breast cancer awareness at its annual event Oct 21. As is the case each year, the Vikings\u2019 last home games in October are a celebration and fund-raiser for this important cause. Money was raised through donations, basket raffles, baked goods, and ticket sales. \u201cThe battle against breast cancer and raising awareness is always close to our hearts at Shelton Pop Warner\u201d said President Tim Monteleone. \u201cHaving lost our president, Grace Searles, to the disease in 2004, we work hard to raise money and keep her memory alive. Our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day allows us to accomplish both of those goals.\u201d The Vikings play their home games at Gracie Field, named for the late president. Grace\u2019s daughter, Taylor Searles, gave a heartfelt speech honoring her mother. \u201cTaylor\u2019s tribute to her mom was the high point of the day for me,\u201d said Vice President Mike Boyce, who lost his mother to cancer at age 15. \u201cIt was a very touching moment and Taylor did a great job eloquently putting the day in perspective for the hushed crowd.\u201d Money raised will be split evenly between two foundations, Beautifully Pink and SWIM Across the Sound. \u201cThis year was especially important to us after learning that one of our former cheerleaders, Julie Hall, was diagnosed with the disease,\u201d said Montelone. \u201cAt only 24 years old, Julie has just begun her long battle. Beautifully Pink was founded to help offset the massive medical bills that she will incur during her fight.\u201d St. Vincent\u2019s SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable, grassroots organization run by St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center Foundation. Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the SWIM has a unique niche, providing cancer education, screening and prevention programs at low or no cost for the elderly and underserved. \u201cEach year we work with SWIM to have the mobile digital mammography unit at Breast Cancer Awareness Day,\u201d said Erin Candler, SPW treasurer. \u201cThis year, for the first time, they performed screenings for individuals that had pre-scheduled appointments.\u201d Radio Station 99.9 The Star also joined SWIM at the event. \u201cCheerleaders were decked out in pink accessories, while the football players donned pink socks and more,\u201d said Matt Civale, vice president of football. \u201cThe center of the field was even painted with a giant pink ribbon which has become synonymous with the cause.\u201d Shelton Pop Warner is in its 47th year and is part of Southern Connecticut Pop Warner, which includes teams from 20 southern Connecticut towns. The Vikings compete against teams from Derby, Seymour, Trumbull, Stratford, Fairfield, and Milford. For more information visit sheltonpopwarner.com.