OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics today raised $70,635 on Breast Cancer Awareness Day, presented by Zevia, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Since the inaugural event in 1999, the Oakland A's and their partners have raised nearly $1.4 million for breast cancer education and research.

Funds were raised through the sale of special ticket packages, commemorative pins, hats and necklaces, an A's autographed quilt raffle, and fan and sponsor support. For the second straight year, this year's total donation eclipsed the previous year's donation by 15 percent.

Pre-game ceremonies featured more than 350 Bay Area breast cancer survivors forming a symbolic human ribbon on the field in dedication of courage and survival, the release of white doves as a symbol of hope, and Fremont's Kristin Goldthorpe-who was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall-serving as the honorary bat girl as part of Major League Baseball's "Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative.

A portion of the total donation includes the 11th annual "A Gift of Faith" grant, through which the A's donate $5,000 to a local charity in memory of longtime KTVU Channel 2 reporter, the late Faith Fancher. This year's grant and award were presented to Pink Access Foundation, a local charity that raises funds to fight cancer in disadvantaged communities.