LIMA — Though Lima Senior High School topped Lima Central Catholic 49-45 in the Crosstown Gridiron Classic, the American Cancer Society walked away the real winners of the night.
The two schools teamed up with the American Cancer Society to make the event a fundraiser, racking up a total of $3,466 through T-shirt sales and the Kick 4 Cash.
Alli Hermiller, community development manager for the American Cancer Society, said those funds will go toward several resources for those in the area.
“A lot of this money will stay local here in Allen County to provide rides to patients to and from cancer treatment or to provide wig vouchers for people going to treatment who may be losing their hair,” Hermiller explained. “We also provide ‘hope lodges’ — we have one up here in Cleveland that people can stay in for free and our hotel partner programs all around the state and the country will give people free or reduced hotel rates.”
The American Cancer Society regularly partners with area schools through mini Relays For Life, but Hermiller said this total is one of the larger ones donated by a third-party fundraiser. The partnership began with Lima Senior Superintendent Jill Ackerman, who is on the volunteer leadership council for the society.
“When she told me that Lima Senior was going to be playing LCC for the first time, they really wanted to make it a community event, and this was the 25th anniversary for Relay that takes place here in Spartan Stadium,” Hermiller said. “It takes place at the home of where both teams are at, so it was just a good fit and a way to get the whole community involved and to focus on something besides a huge rivalry between two schools.”
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