Record-setting amount raised during Make-A-Wish campaign

Record-setting $44K donated to Make-A-Wish

Students, staff, and special guests celebrated with gusto Friday at Concord Junior High School as a record-breaking $44,804.32 was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Concord Junior High School, which serves seventh- and eighth-grade students, has been raising funds to grant wishes biennially since 1995. The 2019 contributions bring the total raised to $430,244.10.

The fundraising activities begin March 7 and concluded Friday, March 29. During this month-long fundraiser, students and staff will worked together to raise funds to grant the wishes of local children. Events included a Family Fun Night, Walk for Wishes, and a 5K Run/1M Fun Run, as well as activities such as penny wars, a talent show, and candy sales.

Several other Concord Community Schools buildings supported the junior high’s efforts by scheduling their own activities and donating the proceeds to CJHS. Concord East Side Elementary student council members presented a check for $1,774.62 during Friday’s closing ceremony.

Organizer and CJHS teacher Cheryl Stouder said it wasn’t until she was compiling a list of totals from the various fundraisers late Thursday night that she discovered the amount raised had gone above and beyond previous years.

“We’ve had some fundraisers in that range before, but never quite as high. It was a squeak over what we’ve normally done, but it was enough last night to get my attention,” she said. “I looked three times because I kept thinking ‘I think this is the biggest one’ and it was.”

Stouder, who launched the program at Concord Junior High School, was presented Friday with the Luke Butler Spirit Award and a blanket made with Make-A-Wish T-shirts from over the years. CLICK HERE to learn more.

“Each year the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana presents the Luke Butler Spirit Award to an individual who has truly gone above and beyond in making wishes come true, and shares a passion for our mission, much like Luke did,” said Make-A-Wish Representative Hilary Butler. We are honored to present Cheryl Stouder with this award as she has been a true champion for our mission.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

FUNDRAISING HISTORY

Concord Junior High School has been raising funds to grant wishes biennially since 1995.

  • 1995 — $18,654.79
  • 1997 — $42,301.04
  • 1999 — $27,749.58
  • 2001 — $34,600.30
  • 2003 — $32,694.29
  • 2005 — $34,559.21
  • 2007 — $21,577.06
  • 2009 — $23,402.55
  • 2011 — $30,025.08
  • 2013 — $33,889.94
  • 2015 — $44,798.60
  • 2017 — $42,822.59
  • 2019 — $44,804.32