Andrews Osborne Academy Students Raise Funds For Charity

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An unusual sea of pink t-shirts could be seen in the bleachers on Friday, December 6th as a crowd of more than 250 Andrews Osborne Academy (AOA) students, faculty, staff and guests cheered on the school’s basketball teams. Replacing the school’s traditional blue and white spirit wear, spectators donned pink gear to raise monies in support of Lake Health’s (LH) Breast Health Services Program at the 1st Annual Buckets for Breast Cancer fundraiser. Conceived by the academy’s Varsity Club, a student-based spirit organization, the fundraiser brought in $1,700 to help local women conquer their battle against breast cancer.

According to Greg Sanders, executive director of the Lake Health Foundation, “This wonderful gift is a testament to the type of caring and compassionate students who attend Andrews Osborne Academy. We are privileged to call them (AOA) our friend.”

An unusual sea of pink t-shirts could be seen in the bleachers on Friday, December 6th as a crowd of more than 250 Andrews Osborne Academy (AOA) students, faculty, staff and guests cheered on the school’s basketball teams. Replacing the school’s traditional blue and white spirit wear, spectators donned pink gear to raise monies in support of Lake Health’s (LH) Breast Health Services Program at the 1st Annual Buckets for Breast Cancer fundraiser. Conceived by the academy’s Varsity Club, a student-based spirit organization, the fundraiser brought in $1,700 to help local women conquer their battle against breast cancer.

The club’s student chairperson, Senior Elise Clark, proudly presented the check to LH breast health coordinators, Kim Mamrack, RN and Lisa Bennett, RN, at a student assembly last week. “I was so surprised at the end of the event to find out we had raised that much money,” commented Elise Clark, coordinator of the event. “We thought it would be fun to tie a fundraiser to one of our sporting events, but we had no idea that our community would get behind the project with such enthusiasm. It was a huge success.”

AOA’s Physical Education teacher Maggie Lash, the club’s faculty advisor, said she was thrilled to be a part of the event but takes no credit for its success. “The fundraiser and event was completely student conceived, driven and executed,” stated Lash. “The kids did all the planning from creating t-shirt designs, printing and selling the shirts, promoting the event, as well as donating food to sell at the concession stands. I am so proud of our students.” Andrews Osborne Academy has a long tradition of embracing community service values with an expectation that Upper School students donate at least 16 hours of service annually.

According to Greg Sanders, executive director of the Lake Health Foundation, “This wonderful gift is a testament to the type of caring and compassionate students who attend Andrews Osborne Academy. We are privileged to call them (AOA) our friend.”
Funds raised will help support Lake Health’s Breast Health Services Program, which is the only accredited breast center in Lake County and offers a patient- and family-centered approach to the management of breast disease and breast health. The program features breast health coordinators who help patients understand the difficult decisions related to breast treatment and help them navigate their health care experience by acting as a personal contact for support, information and guidance.

Head of School, Chuck Roman, said he was impressed not only with the leadership the students demonstrated but also that they did all the research, made the contacts with the Lake Health team and managed the whole process with minimal input from the school’s faculty. “We have an amazingly philanthropic student body. If this event is an example of the drive and determination of this student body, I have no doubt that these kids are going to do great things in their lifetime.”

Kim Mamrack from Lake Health added that “we are so touched to see a group of kids raise such a significant amount of money for our program. This donation will truly make a difference for our local community and we thank Andrews Osborne Academy students for making this event come to life.”

For more information on Lake Health’s Breast Health Services, visit lakehealth.org/breast-health-services or to donate to the Lake Health Foundation Breast Health Services Fund, please call 440.354.1900 or visit lakehealth.org/lake-health-foundation .

Andrews Osborne Academy (AOA) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day (PK to grade 12) and boarding (grades 7-12) school near Cleveland, with a beautiful 300 acre campus located in Willoughby, Ohio.

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