About $3,000 raised for Tonganoxie
After a week's worth of fundraising, Tonganoxie and other communities were able to raise around $3,000 for Devin Stuart. The Tonganoxie second-grader was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.
Tammy Lynn, Stuart's mother, said she was very happy with all of the community's support especially after Stuart's recent emergency room visits for seizures and mild strokes that were a result of the chemotherapy.
"It's really going to come in handy," Lynn said about the funds that were raised.
Over the last week fundraisers were held at Tonganoxie elementary and high schools, Annie's Country Jubilee and at Basehor-Linwood High School.
Annie Dunavin of Annie's Country Jubilee said the music hall was able to raise $1,376 between Saturday's show and two previous Saturdays when a donation bucket was set up.
Part of the ticket proceeds went to Stuart, but Dunavin said a lot of money came from people paying up to $50 to play requests.
"That's kind of the audience that we have," she said. "They just really responsive with something like that and want to help out. It doesn't matter if they are from Tongie or not. They are here to enjoy the music and help people in need."
In Basehor, Chelsey Patton, daughter of TES third-grade teacher Nancy Patton, organized her softball team to raise money. On Friday they started two programs, Dollars and Dimes for Devin and Hats for Devin. Hats for Devin would allow students to wear a hat in school if they donated a dollar.
"It was nice to see people put forth the effort to help somebody they don't even know," Chelsey said.
Debbie Krivjansky, vice president at First State Bank and Trust, said more than $1,000 had been brought in from TES and about $250 from THS.