Money raised March 2 at the Osceola High School’s annual variety show will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients campaign.

Area residents have become familiar with Pennies for Patients as a fundraiser at Osceola Elementary School, held annually since 1996. The elementary school’s fundraiser is active right now, with students accepting pennies (and donations of any size) through the end of February.

Plans for the high school variety show include a visit from former OHS Drama Club member and leukemia survivor Hannah Kautz. 

Kautz, who was diagnosed when she was 3 years old, was involved with Pennies for Patients throughout her school career and will share her story with the audience. A current student at Osceola Elementary, Weston Clausen, was diagnosed with A.L.L. leukemia in November 2016.

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Funds raised at the OHS Variety Show always go to a charitable cause, including raising funds for Relay for Life and area residents diagnosed with cancer. So when the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reached out to the high school’s student council about Pennies for Patients, it made sense to name it the beneficiary of this year’s event.

“We wanted to help out but there are a lot of events that go on through the year,” said OHS educator and drama club advisor Kevin Carlson. “To try to do a separate campaign after Blessing Baskets would’ve been a lot. It made sense to incorporate this into what we already do.”

OHS variety show

When: Saturday, March 2, 6 p.m.

Where: OHS Auditorium (1111 Oak Ridge Drive)

Details: Admission is by donation. Proceeds benefit Pennies for Patients and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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