Flavorful Fundraiser

ST. MARYS — A local high school organization raised money by providing dinner for the public as part of a fourth-annual event.

During the Memorial High School National Honor Society’s Wing Ding, residents could snack on a catered meal by 2Willy’s barbecue of half a chicken, potato chips, applesauce and a roll with butter from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Commons area before the St. Marys-Ottawa Glandorf basketball game on Friday.

“This is a fundraiser for our trip,” NHS Adviser Sue Cheslock said, noting the group’s trip will be from April 4 to April 7. “We are going to New York this year.”

While in New York City, the St. Marys students will participate in a dinner cruise in the harbor, visit the “Today Show,” see “Wicked” and see the Sept. 11 memorial.

“We were fortunate to get passes to the memorial,” Cheslock said, noting only a limited amount of passes are available. “The kids are really excited about that, they want to pay their respects.”

She noted the students will also spend time walking around New York City and visiting spots such as Times Square and Little Italy. The students are also in charge of planning their trip.

“They’ve been working since September,” Cheslock said. “They learn a lot through the planning. They come up with their dream trip, and they have to make it real.”

The 33 NHS members — junior and senior students — also were in charge of coordinating Friday’s fundraiser.

“It was mandatory that everyone had to help, unless they had to work at a job,” Cheslock said. “Everybody had to help in some way — everybody was on a sub-commitee — set up, tear down, entertainment.”

She noted the students started selling tickets to the fundraiser in December and they continued until last week. There were 750 dinners sold.

“At the end, if there are dinners left over, people can buy more,” Cheslock said, noting that if there is still food leftover, it will be donated. “Anything that’s left, we take it to the fire and police station for them to enjoy. Nothing gets wasted.”

The fundraiser, which also included St. Marys student Ryan Wendel playing keyboard and students Logan Simons and Neil Perry, who set up an arm wrestling stand, as well as a coffee and cookie bar — for an additional $2, patrons could get a speciality coffee and two cookies. Cheslock noted Lora Krugh, the mother of one of her NHS students, baked all of the cookies.

“This has been a fun project because everyone has been a part of it,” Cheslock said. “Everybody is working together, it’s a good thing.”