A silent auction next week is the first of many events Putnam City North High School students are staging to help wishes come true for Charlie, a 3-year-old, and Emma, 4, who have life-threatening illnesses.
The fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the most part take place in early April in what students know as “Heisman Week.”
“Heisman Week is such an amazing thing we do here at North. It gets everyone involved; and as a student body, we get to see lives being changed. Our silent auction is our biggest contributor to our goal,” said Anna Burch, Students United for North chaplain.
Students have several plans in the works to raise $30,000.
A silent auction is scheduled Friday during the home basketball games against Edmond Santa Fe High School. Bidding will begin at 5 p.m. and close at the end of halftime of the boys' game. Anyone who attends the games is welcome to bid.
The silent auction will feature several dozen items including Thunder tickets, a round of golf, and footballs signed by former University of Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, now with the St. Louis Rams, and OU football coach Bob Stoops.
For people looking for food, the auction includes restaurant gift cards, food for 25 people from Bubba's BBQ, a catered dinner for eight from Ned's Catering, a gift basket from One Smart Cookie and a shopping spree at Crest Foods.
The auction also will include North Face jackets for men and women, Oakley sunglasses and many autographed items.
Kathy Kutch, student council sponsor, said students worked hard to get items for the silent auction, but their parents also deserve thanks.
“Once again, our parents have pulled through and have been extremely helpful in obtaining incredible items for our silent auction,” Kutch said.
In conjunction with Heisman Week in April, students also are planning fundraisers such as carnival games, a male beauty pageant, dodge ball, a bowling night and powder-puff football tournaments.
Students will get extra motivation when Charlie and Emma are introduced to the student body during the Heisman Week kickoff assembly.
Putnam City North students have experience helping grant wishes. The 2010-2011 school year was the first year the students raised funds for Make-A-Wish. Students raised more than $11,000 to send one child to Disney World and build a playground for another. The next year they raised more than $28,000 to send two children to Disney World, another child to Hollywood, and granted the wish of their very own Lorelei Decker to be a Thunder coach for the day.
How to help
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. The foundation has 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, go to www.oklahoma.wish.org.
Steve Lindley is spokesman for Putnam City Schools.