Crunch host 'Pink in the Rink' night

Syracuse Crunch fans wear pink to support breast cancer awareness at 'Pink in the Rink' night.

Tonight the Syracuse Crunch hosted â??Pink in the Rinkâ?? night to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer.

The first thousand fans received special pink t-shirts though many, including numerous cancer survivors, arrived at the rink already dressed for the event.

â??Pink isn't necessarily a feminine color. It stands for something,â?? said Sherron Gleason, a breast cancer survivor. "It stands for love of someone who is going through breast cancer or has gone through it, whether they've survived it or not. Pink is awesome."

A portion of ticket sales raised tonight will be donated to the Upstate Cancer Center and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. The Crunch augmented their donation total by selling raffle tickets for autographed items and Crunch memorabilia.

Next month, the Crunch will join numerous AHL and NHL clubs across both leagues in celebrating 'Movember', which raises money and awareness for prostate cancer and other men's health issues. Both fans and players are encouraged to participate by growing mustaches throughout the month of November.