EDMOND — Members of the Edmond Memorial High School community surpassed their goal and raised $441,552 for charity during their annual Swine Week fundraiser.
After months of participating in fundraising activities including silent auctions, dance-offs, talent shows, sport competitions and kissing real pigs, students beat the goal they had set at $375,000. Ninety-five percent of the money raised will go to City Rescue Mission, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides assistance to the homeless and near homeless in the Oklahoma City metro area.
“We had over 50 organizations apply to become our beneficiary,” said Molly Feiger, 17, a junior and Swine Week co-chairman. “City Rescue Mission stood out. I think we just thought that if anyone in our family ever got into a bad situation we would want them to be looked out for the way City Rescue Mission takes care of the homeless.”
The president of City Rescue Mission, Tom Jones, thanked the students during Friday’s final assembly and offered a testimony of how he personally has been affected by homelessness.
“When I was 5 years old my father left,” Jones told the students. “He was an alcoholic. Over the next 20 years I saw him twice, and he always seemed OK. Then when I was 25 I got a call from police who told me my father’s body was found in an abandoned building. He was homeless, and I had no idea.”
Jones said his life changed after that phone call.
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