Mr. Huller hosted a meeting for the Beat Out Cancer Club to recruit new members on Wednesday, August 21. The club’s main goal is to raise awareness and funding for cancer research uniting students to work together, reach out to their community, and utilize all talents for a common cause. Last year, the club raised $11,500, and hopes to break $15,000 this year through their annual fundraising events, which is a collaborative effort between the students, businesses, residents in the county.
As explained in the meeting, the Beat Out Cancer club, comprised of approximately 60 members last year, hosts several activities and fundraising opportunities within the school and community. Some of these events include the Georgia Has Talent show, fundraising at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, a silent auction that includes items from gift baskets to musical instruments, free Maddios Pizza for a year and gift cards, and a hot chocolate cart student fundraiser during the winter season.
The most prominent event of the season is the Georgia Has Talent event successfully put on over the last eight years. The donations made from Georgia Has Talent goes straight to the Dana Farber Institute, a cancer therapy and research center based in Boston.
Several talented artists perform in a talent-show style program. The audience votes by donating money for the performer they wish to win. The winning performer wins the distinguished title of being “audience’s pick,” and a similar contest is held for “judges pick.”
Mr. Huller’s inspiration for starting this club began nine years ago when his mother passed away from ovarian cancer. His mother would always be supportive of his drumming, but after she passed, he wanted to give back for all that his mother did for him. His club has successfully raised over $50,000 for cancer research.
The Beat Out Cancer webpage hosts a section called the “Honor Wall.” This is a place to honor people we love who are battling cancer, successfully defeated cancer, or who have passed from cancer. Mr. Huller has made a real impact in people’s lives with the work he is doing with his club.
Raising the funding and awareness is a fantastic endeavor that takes many hands. For more information on joining in this effort, please see or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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