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Tualatin high's future business Leaders enjoy fundraising success

Students raise more cash for March of Dimes than other Oregon clubs

Selling paper pumpkins may not be the most traditional fundraising tactic, but for Tualatin High School’s Future Business Leaders of America, it’s proven successful on numerous occasions.

After a year of fundraising, TuHS’s FBLA chapter was recognized in late September for raising $1,800 during the 2013-14 school year, the most money out of any FBLA chapter in the state. The money was raised for March of Dimes, and in TuHS’s case, donations specifically went to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Though the club has been the most successful fundraiser in the past, this year was the first time a March of Dimes representative came out to applaud the students in person and present them with an award.

“It was nice to see that they were noticing we were raising all this money,” said Colette Petersen, marketing communications officer for the club. “It was cool that they saw we were helping out and making a difference.”

The majority of their funds were raised by “selling” paper pumpkins for donations, which donors are able to write their names on before the pumpkins are hung along a wall in the school.

The students set up booths at various Tualatin events and establishments, including the Pumpkin Regatta and Fred Meyer, and promote their cause to interested passersby. After being the highest fundraisers several times, the club is approaching this school year no differently.

In the past three years, the club has raised more than $5,800 for the cause, and this year’s officers are motivating the rest of the club to push that number higher with internal competitions, said Petersen, a senior at TuHS.

“All of our efforts are going to be focused on the March of Dimes,” said Erin Brohoski, the club’s fundraising officer. “We are looking to beat our last year’s total of $1,800, which is definitely attainable.”

If you’re interested in helping the students of TuHS FBLA reach their goal, look for them around town this year, and coming up in less than two weeks at the Pumpkin Regatta.

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