BOZEMAN — Two local high school volleyball teams will host fundraisers during their matches Thursday to promote awareness of mental health services and provide assistance for breast cancer patients.

At Bozeman High, the Hawks will put proceeds of their fundraiser toward The Help Center, which offers suicide, sexual assault and other crisis counseling services in Gallatin County and a dozen surrounding counties.

Bozeman volleyball players will also participate in The Help Center’s Run For Your Life on Oct. 30. The program raised $2,500 last year.

Bozeman (16-3, 6-3 Eastern AA) will host undefeated Great Falls CMR at 7 p.m. The Help Center’s communications and development coordinator Mandy St. Aubyn will be at the game to offer more information to the crowd.

At Gallatin High at 7 p.m. Thursday, both the Raptors (11-8, 5-4) and the visiting Great Falls Bison will be wearing pink jerseys to show support for the Pack the Place in Pink organization.

Vicki Heebner Carle, a Three Forks native, former longtime Billings Skyview volleyball coach and a Montana State women’s basketball Hall of Famer, is a breast cancer survivor and founded the non-profit in 2007.

The event at Gallatin will offer fans an opportunity to donate to the organization outright or bid on a number of raffle baskets or silent auction items provided by both of the teams. All proceeds will go toward Pack the Place in Pink’s efforts to provide financial relief to breast cancer patients and their families in Montana.

Heebner Carle will be present, along with other special guests.

Parker Cotton can be reached at pcotton@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @ByParkerCotton. 

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