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By Al Stover
Staff Reporter 

Community comes together to raise money for scholars

Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars holds annual Spring Thing fundraiser


The Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars (MLDFS) held their annual “Spring Thing” fundraiser, March 22, to raise money for their scholarship fund. The theme for this year’s event was “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”

According to MLDFS treasurer Steven Meltzer, this year’s fundraiser is different from the previous ones in that the foundation raised money with only ticket sales and raffle drawings.

Since its inception in 2001, MLDFS has awarded $413,000 to Medical Lake High School students and currently has over raised over $90,000 for the Cardinal Star Permanent Endowment Fund.

Medical Lake School District Superintendent Dr. Pam Veltri said the fundraiser is a way to show the community how much the foundation appreciates the donations.

Veltri also said that several Medical Lake alumni have told her how they have benefited from scholarship money.

“You wouldn’t believe how many scholarships our students get,” Veltri said. “I’ve talked to a lot of students who use scholarships and they appreciate it.”

Former MLDFS president Janeen Van Slyke said there are several groups and organizations throughout the city that have helped support and contribute to the foundation.

Carrie Everman, who took over Van Slyke’s role as president, said it is fortunate to have many members in the community to support the event and charity.

“It’s an awesome way to raise money for the kids because they are our future,” Everman said. “We have to do everything we can to help them.”

Although the event did not have as big of a turnout as past spring events, Meltzer felt it worked out “pretty well.”

“This year we’ll be around $3,500 so we will be looking at revisiting the event for next year,” Meltzer said.

The next MLDFS fundraiser will be the “Super Garage Sale,” May 9-10.

Meltzer said this event has averaged between $6,000-$6,500 in the last couple of years.

“The community has really been supportive which we very much appreciate for all the student scholarships,” Meltzer said.

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