The catwalk is Minnesota's signature offering in their breast health awareness campaign, creating a notable amount of anticipation from fans. An estimated 550 were in attendance at the Mall of American Rotunda in Bloomington, including several fans who purchased VIP packages that went toward fundraising efforts.
As always, the outfits sported by the players and coaches generate a lot of buzz. Head coach Cheryl Reeve transported her perpetual flamboyance with an ensemble and hair-do reminiscent of 1980's pop culture. Her look shocked first-time host Jana Shortal, but Reeve and several players suggested assistant coach Jim Petersen was the highlight of this year's catwalk. Donning apparel from all three teams he played for in his NBA career, Petersen walked on stage with warm-up gear from the Sacramento Kings (before they adopted purple as a team color), then removed it to reveal his No. 43 Houston Rockets jersey, an outfit NBA fans saw when he competed in the 1986 NBA Finals. His Golden State Warriors shorts were underneath his Houston shorts, drawing laughter and cheers from both players and fans.
Amid the giggles, the campaign to fight breast cancer was a major success, with over $47,500 raised between the catwalk and auction of the team's pink jerseys worn on July 25 in a game against the San Antonio Stars. The money is accumulated by the Lynx Foundation, who will donate the proceeds to various charities dedicated to the fight against breast cancer; Hope Chest received a $5,000 grant at the conclusion of the catwalk.
For more details on the 2014 Catwalk for a Cure, including reactions from Tricia Liston, Maya Moore and Cheryl Reeve, watch the video attached to this article.