BARTONVILLE- Cheers rang out at Limestone Community High School Friday as students added up totals from from a year of fundraising for Easter Seals.
One of the competitions among students and staff is to see whether the girls or the guys can raise more money.
The winners get to pie the losers in the face, this year the women were the unlucky ones wiping off the cream and berry filling.
Easter Seals Former Chairman of the Board, Mark Scott, made a surprise appearance.
"This by far is the most excitement I've ever been around in my life," Scott said.
Scott said the involvement of Limestone Students is crucial.
"I can't even begin to explain to you the feeling that I have today for these kids and what they're doing for the kids at Easter Seals each and every day," he said.
A drum roll lead up to the big reveal of that final number; this year LCHS raised $59,000. The volume of the applause that came after was a testament to how big of an accomplishment it is. That number crushes last year's record by $15,000.
Easter Seals mom, Christi Grogan said that money makes a big difference.
"This is huge for us because not a lot of families can afford to go to Easter Seals and they have helped our family tremendously," Grogan said.
But Grogan said the celebration is about more than just dollars.
"Every time that we come and we come through this it stops my heart for a minute and brings me to tears. It's so emotional and to me it's just powerful what they do here," she said.
Limestone Community High School has raised money for Easter Seals for 37 consecutive years, and has now raised more than $589,000 for the organization.
This year's total will contribute to the Easter Seals Telethon. You can take action for the children of Easter Seals by watching the Telethon Saturday on WMBD-31 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
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