Kayettes’ fundraiser sets record
Most children are satisfied with a hefty haul of candy as a reward for trick-or-treating. But just about anyone would be jealous of the Lansing High School Kayettes, who last week collected $900 in their annual Trick-or-Treat for Breast Cancer fundraiser.
The money raised was more than twice the $430 collected last year and far surpassed the club's goal of $500. The money will go to the Susan Henke Miller Breast Cancer Research Fund at the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute in Kansas City, Kan.
Kayettes sponsor Debra Hutton said the club had participated in Trick-or-Treat for Breast Cancer the past four years. Hutton said the LHS Kayettes, an all-female organization, often participated in breast cancer fundraising and awareness programs because breast cancer is "a predominantly female disease." She said it also was an issue that had affected many of the students in the organization, who have seen teachers and mothers struggle with breast cancer.
Hutton said she was "stunned" at the fundraiser's success this year. She said the $900 collection was the most money the Kayettes had raised for any fundraiser since she became the sponsor in 2000.
"You cannot believe how proud I am of them," she said.
Kayettes vice president and LHS junior Natalie Hall said about 15 club members participated in the fundraiser, knocking on doors in neighborhoods on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 24-26, and collecting money at the LHS-Bishop Ward football game on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Collecting at the game "was just a brilliant idea one of the girls had," Hutton said.
Hall said donations varied, ranging from pennies to $20 bills to checks. Though she couldn't put her finger on just one factor contributing to the record-high collection, Hall said members went to neighborhoods where they knew people, and "the girls were also very relentless" - one group went out every night and returned with large donations, she said.
Hutton's only explanation was that collecting for breast cancer is "not a hard sell" because many people are familiar with it, especially during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Kayettes may have to brag about their accomplishment when they attend the regional Kansas Association for Youth conference on Nov. 9. Hutton said about 20 Kayettes and 10 Kays from LHS will attend the conference in Wellsville.
At the conference, Hutton said the Kayettes will receive the Gold Award for the service projects they did last year. To earn the Gold Award, Hutton said the main requirements were completing at least four events - one to benefit each the world, the nation, the community and the school - and for the majority of the club to participate in the events.
The minimum of four events is far less than the roughly 45 projects the LHS club completes each year, Hutton said. In fact, she said by winter break, this year's club will be nearly finished with its requirements to earn the Gold Award again.