A silent auction is the first of many events Putnam City North High School students are staging to help wishes come true for Allie, 4, and Dylan, 14, who have life-threatening illnesses.
The fundraising efforts for the most part take place in what students know as “Heisman Week.”
“We participate in Heisman Week to inspire students to make a difference in the lives of people around us. It's also a way to spread the joy of serving and helping others,” said Hayley Parker, treasurer for Students United of North, the school's student council.
To help Dylan and Allie through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Putnam City North students have plans to raise $20,000.
The first part of the fundraising plan is a silent auction set for Friday during home basketball games against Edmond North High School. Bidding in the silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will close at the end of halftime of the boys' game. Anyone who attends the games is welcome to bid.
Sports fans can bid on items such as Thunder tickets, a round of golf and footballs signed by Sam Bradford and Bob Stoops.
The auction will include 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 feature items such as North Face jackets for men and women, Oakley sunglasses and a night at the Colcord Hotel accompanied by brunch or dinner at Stella's.
Kathy Kutch, student council sponsor, said students worked hard to get items for the auction, but their parents also deserve thanks.
“None of this would have been possible without the support of parents of students in our leadership classes. They have made all the difference,” Kutch said.
Making a difference
In addition to the silent auction, Putnam City North students are planning fundraising activities such as carnival games, a sock hop and dodgeball, basketball and powder-puff football tournaments.
Students will get extra motivation when Dylan and Allie are introduced to the student body March 28.
Putnam City North students have experience helping grant wishes. Last year was the first year Putnam City North students raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Students raised more than $11,000 to send one child to Disney World and build a playground for another.
Malachi Brenner, the husband of Putnam City North journalism teacher Lynsie Brenner, received help when he was a teen from an organization similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It meant a lot, he says.
“I really appreciate the generosity of everyone who donates to gift-granting programs. I had to miss out on a lot when I was sick, but having my wish granted got my mind off the cancer and the treatments I was dealing with,” he said. “While a vacation or a shopping trip may be taken for granted by a healthy person, to a child facing a serious disease, it makes a huge difference in their spirits.”
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.
For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, go to www.
Payment for silent auction items can be made by cash, check or credit card. All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish.