1000+ gather for Exceptionally Evan fundraiser

1000+ gather for Exceptionally Evan fundraiser

The RB freshman football team gathered to help Evan St. Paul at the Exceptionally Evan fundraiser.

Jeffrey Krikie, Staff Reporter

Evan St. Paul, a fourteen year old SE Gross student, was diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer.

On October 1st there was a fundraiser for Evan. It was held at Kiwanis and there were many events going on, including live and silent auctions, wiffleball, volleyball and bean bag tournaments, face painting, keys for a cause, lucky lollipops, raffle, food, drinks, and live entertainment.

One of the events, Keys for a Cause, contained many keys you could buy for a dollar. If you had the right key, you won a PS3 and some controllers.

The live entertainment was performed by Liz Burgh, a local artist. The food and drink were presented and cooked by some of the SE Gross teachers.

This fundraiser had thousands of attendees and raised $65,000. There were people of all ages at this event, including the RBHS freshman football team and the RB mascot.

“I came to this fundraiser because I went to Gross with Evan and was in some afterschool activities with him,” said Freshman Jesus Tavarez.

Many friends and others who didn’t know Evan were there just to support. There were an estimated 1000-1200 people at Kiwanis Park that day. There was also a kid’s fundraiser that had things like puzzles, toys, and stuffed animals.

“I am a very close friend of Evan’s, and I helped work at the Keys for a Cause station,” said Junior Sarah Ulanowicz.

The event raised a lot of money for the St. Paul family. Additional monetary donations can be sent to the Exceptionally Evan foundation, the C/O First National Bank of Brookfield 9136 Washington Ave Brookfield, IL. For anyone volunteering to help with the fundraiser, e-mails can be sent to [email protected]