Bay High students add 'Light the Night' fundraiser to homecoming bonfire tradition

Bay High students will host a “Light the Night” fundraiser at Bay High Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:45 p.m. This event is being planned to show support and raise funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for families in the Bay Village community fighting childhood cancer.

“We learned about the 'Light the Night' event happening at Wade Oval and realized that we needed to do something to support this cause and let the students know that they are not alone,” said Jason Martin, principal of Bay High School. “We were already holding our annual homecoming bonfire the Thursday night prior to the Society’s walk, so we are having our own walk at Bay High Memorial Stadium. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 for Light the Night. Our theme is ‘No One Fights Alone.’”

The fight for a cure is personal for many students with friends at elementary through high school grades fighting cancers. Those students fighting cancer will be honored at the Bay High Light the Night Walk, which will have participants attending a brief ceremony in the stadium, walking the luminaria-lined walking path to the high school, and ending with the lighting of the bonfire. The Bay High band will play, and a check will be presented with total donations to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“I have seen so many student-driven fundraisers at Bay High School," said Martin. "While I am not surprised at the enthusiasm to help for this cause, I am once again simply in awe of our students’ compassion and energy when it comes to helping others.”

Donations are being accepted at every school office in the district, and luminaria honoring patients may also be purchased. Individuals will be able to participate in the Oct. 6 event with a $5 entry fee (or a family cap of $20) at the gate. Registration opens at 6 p.m. and luminaria sales will run until 7:30 p.m. Participants will gather on the field at 7:45, with the walk commencing at 8 p.m. The bonfire will be lit at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Bay High School at 440-617-7400.

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.04.2016