EDMOND — The gymnasium at Edmond Memorial High School was abuzz Friday as students, parents, grandparents and school personnel gathered to celebrate the finale of the fundraiser known as Swine Week.
Student Council sponsor Josh DeLozier didn't shy away from telling the crowd what he needed from them.
“As you know, our goal was to raise $350,000 this year. I'm not going to lie to you — we're not there,” DeLozier said early in the assembly.
Members of the Oklahoman-based nonprofit, Limbs for Life, the charity chosen to receive the funds, sat in the front row.
Student council members rushed through the rows of seats and bleachers to collect all they could in a two-minute “push.” Members of the crowd eagerly reached into their pockets, wallets, purses and backpacks.
“We have a few things to auction off so let's get started,” DeLozier said.
Participants cheered as a quilt made of fundraiser-theme T-shirts sold for $5,000, a reserved school parking space sold for $6,000 and a handcrafted ceramic pig sold for $8,000.
Students from Edmond North and Santa Fe high schools and elementary and middle schools in the district revealed how much they would be pitching in.
Another $45,000 was raised during Friday's assembly, bringing the total to $353,011.