IVC students raise $5,642 during Cystic Fibrosis Week

Karen Moewe for IVC District 321
IVC High School’s Team Iund stands with three of the country’s 30,000 residents who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. Dallas Stallion, standing far left; Brooklyn Iund, seated in front and Will Flynn, standing far right; have all benefited from research made possible by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A week of activities culminated with Illinois Valley Central High School students raising $5,642 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Students have worked to raise money for months to participate in the box lunch auction April 1. The March 30 Food Fair during the school’s three lunch periods was another fundraiser hosted at IVC.

Early in the week students had been introduced to Brooklyn Iund and Will Flynn, youngsters who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. IVC student Dallas Stallion also suffers from CF.

Students purchased Team Iund shirts which read: Hope, Believe, Just Breathe.

The message brings attention to the disease which affects lungs and the digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, according to the CF Foundation.

During the March 30 food fair students could choose from a variety of foods served by IVC classes and organizations.

The IVC Student Council sold pizza slices, Spanish National Honor Society sold walking tacos and the IVC junior class sold Avantis Bread, just to name a few.

Probably the most unique meal was from IVC High School Assistant Principal Dustin Birkel who sold Spam and cheese sandwiches for a dollar. Birkel’s contribution had a slower start than some of the other food choices, but finished big by selling 78 sandwiches — all 11 cans of Spam.

The week concluded with the headline event for the week, a box lunch auction.

Eight box lunches with everything from pizza to barbecued chicken over rice were featured.

Pockets of students hosted a variety of fundraisers to raise money for the box lunches. Groups priced out of the box lunches, quickly turned their money over to other teams to boost their buying power. Ultimately, all eight lunches sold for $4,482.

The highest bid of $1,500 went for the appetizer lunch, complete with a chocolate fountain prepared by IVC High School teacher Sherri Heth and her daughter Katherine.

The total raised for the week was still being tallied late Friday, but Birkel announced April 4 that the school had raised $5,642.71 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.