First annual Ugly Sweater Dash helps local families
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Neshaminy High School student council hosted its first ever Ugly Sweater Dash Dec. 8. The dash was created to raise money and collect nonperishable items to create food baskets for the families in the Neshaminy community. The student council adviser, Senor Kain, said they got the idea for this event from the Pennsylvania Association of Student Council state conference back in November.
The student council reached out to local businesses to get sponsors; seven local businesses agreed to help. Action Karate and Tom Tosti, supervisor for the Middletown Township, were two out of the seven sponsors who showed up to the event. A few of the other sponsors were the Neshaminy school store, Neshaminy Federation of Teachers, and the Irish Rover.
Tosti supports local charities to better the Middletown community; he donated 500 dollars of his township salary to student council for the “Ugly Sweater Cause.”
Michaela Boyd, a sophomore and member of the student council, put a lot of time and effort into planning the event. She stayed after school and used her study hall to prepare for the run.
“It was good to see everything finally come together and all these people come out,” Boyd said.
The number one rule of the event was to have fun. Participants who were running were allowed first start, followed by the walkers and Senor Kain on a golf cart.
The winners of the event received gift cards in various amounts depending on what they won. The raffle ticket winner won a 50 dollar Visa gift card, the first place female and male winners won 15 dollar Visa gift cards, along with the person with the best ugly sweater. The winner of the raffle was Kaylee McCullough; the two first place winners were Kaylee McCullough and Sandor Fabiani. Finally, the winner of the best ugly sweater was Brian Ostaszewski.
Tosti referred to the donations of food and money by saying, “You do not know how many people really need this kind of help this time of year. And a lot of them have a lot pride in it. When you give them something, it’s something that they cherish and they actually need and they really appreciate it.”
The Ugly Sweater Dash managed to raise over 2000 dollars to help the families of the Neshaminy School District.