The Edmond Sun

Education

March 1, 2014

Dinner, auction kick off Memorial’s service project tonight

City Rescue Mission, U R Special to receive funds

EDMOND — Although Edmond Memorial High School is the third district school to kick off its community service project, they were the first Edmond school to become involved in their community with a fundraiser.

Memorial Bulldogs are going into the community to raise money for a nonprofit for the 28th year, and they are kicking off their fundraising tonight for City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City.

A dinner and silent auction will take place from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, 1001 S. Rankin St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A sample of the items to be auctioned, include:

• Four tickets to the taping of “The Bachelorette-After the Final Rose” show in Los Angeles,

• Toby Keith autographed Bailey cowboy hat and autographed CD,

• Autographed Kevin Durant photograph in a game versus the Miami Heat,

• Desmond Mason original artwork titled “3 Little Pigs,”

• Autographed Justin Bieber Rogue guitar,

• Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins autographed and framed jerseys,

• Brandon Weeden autographed football,

• Four courtside Oklahoma City Thunder tickets. March 24 game versus the Denver Nuggets,

• Basketball signed by 2013-2014 University of Kansas team including Coach Bill Self, an Edmond Memorial alumnus and

• Two Bruno Mars concert tickets. Floor seats for the June 4 show in Tulsa.  

Swine Week got its name and had its start in 1986 when the teachers organized the drive and the students raised the money.

“It was the ones that had raised the most money who got to kiss the pig,” said Helen Peters, the Student Council sponsor at the time. “It was a cute, clean little pig that the FFA brought in.

“We only did it (fundraising) with the students in the school, and now the entire community is involved,” said Peters, who left public school teaching for the University of Central Oklahoma in 1997.

Now the students are in charge of the week led by the Swine Week Royalty as they work to surpass their goal. Flash forward 28 years, and Edmond Memorial students have since raised more than $3.5 million for charity.

This year’s goal is $375,000 to benefit City Rescue Mission. Several events will happen in association with Swine Week through Friday, March 14 that the public is invited to attend. Visit www.swineweek.org for more information. For information about City Rescue Mission, visit cityrescue.org.

Each year the three Edmond high schools join together for a mutual cause called the “Common Thread” and donate 5 percent of each school’s total. The 2014 Common Thread is Edmond’s U R Special.

U R Special helps needy and at-risk children to help improve their self-esteem and healthy lifestyles by providing one-of-a-kind outfits of clothing for the children of Edmond. For more information about U R Special, log onto

urspecialedmond.org.

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