The recent Bond-Fire planned by Newark High School Positive Leaders Uniting Students raised $1,700 to benefit a local student with cancer and the Wayne County Children’s Cancer Fund.
Newark Central School District coordinator of student affairs and PLUS adviser Jay Flock said the money raised this year at the fundraising and community awareness event brings a total of nearly $6,000 raised for the cause as a result of these three annual events.
Last year, PLUS raised more than $2,500 at the event held on the NHS and Newark Middle School campus behind the schools.
The intent again this year was to be the light shining into the darkness from the bonfire.
Flock reported the community responded again, showing cancer patients that they are not in the fight alone, that there is a community of support behind them.
He also thanked Peter C. Herman Inc., a Marion pallet manufacturing company, and Morgan Recreational Supply Inc. in Farmington for providing free pallets to be burned in the bonfire at each of the last three events.
Flock noted somewhere between 200 and 300 pallets are burned at the February evening event that lasts between four to five hours.
Flock also thanked the village of Newark for providing him with a truck to use to get the pallets; Newark, Marbletown and Fairville fire departments for managing the bonfire; Newark Arcadia Volunteer Ambulance service for being on standby; Dunkin’ Donuts in Newark for donating hot chocolate to sell; Alessandro’s Pizza in Lyons for donating pizza to sell; various individuals that made baked goods to sell; McDonald’s in Newark for donating door prizes; and NHS and NMS maintenance workers for helping to set up before the event and clean up afterward.
Flocked also thanked everyone that attended Bond-Fire and those who were not able to attend, but supported the event.
“Anyone who would still like to support the cause can send a donation to the Wayne County Children’s Cancer Fund,” Flock said.
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