Richland High School has been named the top fundraising school in the Pasta for Pennies campaign.
This year, the international fundraiser presented by Olive Garden raised more than $178,000 throughout Washington and Alaska. Students at 109 Washington and Alaska elementary, middle and high schools filled collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change over a three-week period. The top fundraising class at each participating school received a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.
Richland High School alone raised $11,180.87. Other top-earning schools were: Polaris K-12 School in Anchorage, AK with $8,535.34; and Penny Creek Elementary School in Everett, WA with $7,564.85.
Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to help fund blood cancer research and provide much needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families.
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“We are grateful for the outpouring of generosity that made this year’s Pasta for Pennies campaign such a success,” said Anne Gillingham, executive director of the LLS Washington/Alaska Chapter. “With the efforts of these students, parents and teachers, and with Olive Garden as a valued partner, we are able to move closer to our goal of a cure to end blood cancers.”
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Learn more about it at www.LLS.org.