The Grand Finale Gala for the North Texas Student of the Year campaign was held last Friday night at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas. A group of six dedicated and driven local high school students raised more than $61,996 in six weeks!
Stephen McCarty, a student at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, raised more than $51,250 and was named the 2017 North Texas Student of the Year. He jumped at the opportunity to participate in the program because his father is currently undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), one of the deadliest types of leukemia. Stephen said he fundraised because he knows first-hand the impact a cancer diagnosis can have on a family. Stephen used social media pages like Caring Bridge to help generate awareness of his campaign. He sent fundraising letters to all of his family and friends and hosted several fun events at local venues in the Fort Worth area. His Luau for Leukemia night and his Bingo night brought in over $3,500 for his campaign.
The success, creativity and ingenuity of the Student of the Year candidates far surpassed all expectations of the North Texas staff and Board of Trustees members. Thank you to all of the students who participated!