Green was the theme at Heritage High School last Friday when the school held its inaugural Benefit on the Green fundraiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students, staff, and supporters of leukemia and lymphoma research gathered on the campus green to raise some green for the cause, as well as enjoy attractions, food and live music. The event raised over $900 for the cause.
Benefit on the Green was organized by Heritage Leadership students due to the success of last year's fundraiser. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society wanted to work with us last year for the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, and it turned out really well, said Leadership student and event coordinator Lindsey Gripe. In the 2007 fundraiser, students put spare change in water jugs to raise money for patients of leukemia and lymphoma. We raised $311 through that and wanted to raise even more money this year with the Benefit on the Green.
To entertain the crowd, local bands We're Not Friends Anymore, Dissimulated, Anchor's Up, and Tetragrammatron provided live music. Other attractions included a bounce house, a pie toss and a dunk tank where Heritage Vice-Principal Dan Hanel and Junior Class President Lauren Howard were dunked numerous times by eager participants.
It's actually really chilly in here, stammered a soaked Howard after being dunked for the fifth time. But at least it's all going to charity!
Attendees satisfied their sweet tooth with ice cream sundaes and root beer floats sold by Coldstone Creamery, which donated 20 percent of their profits from the evening back to the Heritage Leadership class. A flyer was posted in the store about the benefit and we were very interested in helping out, said Sheri Bills, the owner of two Coldstone Creamery locations in Antioch and Brentwood. We enjoy supporting fundraisers to benefit good causes, and we wanted to give back what we could.
Representatives from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society were unable to attend the event, but they provided brochures and other information for attendees to take home. The Society was really excited about the benefit, said Gripe. They're really grateful for what we're doing and they're planning on mentioning us in an upcoming newsletter of the Society and putting in pictures of the
benefit, so we're all happy about that.
With its undeniable success and appeal to patrons of all ages, Benefit on the Green is certain to become a Heritage High tradition. The bottom line is: everything is going to charity and it's a wonderful thing, said Leadership advisor Denise Corrado. Our campus was made for great things like this benefit, and it brings people together and gets everyone involved. It's a win-win situation.