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SHS students focus efforts on giving to Doernbecher

Sandy High's fundraising events begin March 30

Sandy High School is about ready to kickoff its annual tradition of fundraising for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Molly Nutt, SHS senior and student body president, said the tradition goes back more than a decade. Sandy High School, 37400 Bell St., will begin fundraising on Monday, March 30, and continue through Saturday, April 11.

“The way we fundraise has evolved over the years,” she said, adding that the current model has been a lot more successful.

In the school auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, the school will hold its annual Mr. Doernbecher Pageant, in which 24 SHS seniors will participate in group dance, individual talent and interview question rounds to compete for the title of “Mr. Doernbecher.”

Other titles awarded include “Mr. Moneybags,” given to the boy that raises the most money for the hospital individually, and “Mr. Congeniality,” voted by fellow contestants as the most fun to work with.

Each contestant is responsible for attempting to fundraise as much money as she or he can for the cause.

Nutt said the pageant alone usually raises around $3,000. Last year, the school raised $8,800 for Doernbecher.

Only 10 students joined the pageant last year as contestants, so 24 participants is a good sign.

“I think our senior class this year has always been super involved and spirited,” she said. “Last year (the pageant) was a lot of fun, so it sparked a lot of interest — and I’m really glad it did.”

In addition to the individual efforts by the Mr. Doernbecher contestants, other students are also involved in the fundraising.

The SHS Leadership class is spreading the word while bringing in donations from local organizations and businesses.

On Tuesday, a video will be shown at a school-wide assembly to inform other students about the cause and motivate them to donate loose change during lunch.

Nutt, along with the contestants and organizers of the pageant, visited Doernbecher Children’s Hospital earlier this month to get a sense of the organization they’re supporting.

“I think this is one of the most worthy causes we could fundraise for,” Nutt said. “Whether (the money) is going to a patient, to research, to new technology or even just gas for a family to get to the hospital for treatment, myself and everyone involved can agree that it’s a worthy cause that deserves support.”

Tickets for the pageant are $5 for kids and students and $7 for adults. Donations also will be accepted at the event.

Community members also can be on the lookout for donation jars at local businesses or Mr. Doernbecher contestants in order to make donations.

All funds will go toward the area of greatest need in the hospital.

The Sandy High School Athletes group will host a day of sports and activities camps to supplement the funding on Saturday, April 18, for children in grades K-8 in the Sandy High School gym.

Families can pay $10 for one session or $15 for two sessions of a short activity camp.

Session one will be from 10-11:15 a.m. and include a choice of cheerleading, soccer, softball, football or arts and crafts. Session two is 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and includes the choice of cheerleading, soccer, baseball or volleyball.

Mr. Doernbecher contestant looks to raise money with Zumba

As a way to help raise money and bring in more donations for Sandy High School’s annual Doernbecher fundraiser, senior Bobby Sites, with the help of Mt. Hood Athletic Club, is hosting a family Zumba event.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the athletic club, 37095 Highway 26, in Sandy.

The Sites family raises miniature horses and at one point took them in to visit the kids at Doernbecher. As an uncle, Bobby couldn’t imagine having to go through hardships like those families had and knew he wanted to help however he could.

This year he is a Mr. Doernbecher contestant.

“He really was passionate about it,” said Sandra Sites, Bobby’s mother and membership director at the athletic club.

After clearing the fundraiser with the club’s owners and tracking down a willing Zumba instructor, the family set the wheels in motion.

“They only have a small window to fundraise,” noted Sandra, “and Zumba’s pretty popular in town.”

The event will begin with a presentation about Doernbecher, then jump right in to fitness.

There will be a half-hour workout for kids and their families in the club’s gym, complete with music and lights, followed by an hour-long workout for adults. Free childcare will be offered during the second activity.

Entrance for adults is a suggested donation of $10, while kids are admitted free of charge.

The event also will include a silent auction and booths with local vendors.

All funds raised will go to SHS’s Doernbecher fund.

Although Bobby has never tried Zumba, Sandra said he and another contestant will happily be joining the fun.

“These are a bunch of community-minded young men,” Sandra said. “It makes me really proud of those guys.”