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$18,166 grossed to benefit Julie Moltke during Benefit Night week | SLIDESHOW
Sumner High School's ASB has raised more than $18,000 in donations—not counting money yet to be tallied or subtracting expenses—stemming from last week's Benefit Night fundraisers for Julie Moltke.
Every year, ASB holds a benefit dinner and a two-night talent show to raise money for one person selected from the community.
Moltke is a Sumner High School graduate who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her appendix. She underwent a grueling and extensive surgery known as HIPEC, which required doctors to open the entirety of her torso, remove each tumor by hand, and wash her innards with a Chemo solution. The Benefit Night funds will go to Moltke and her family to help mitigate medical costs approaching $1 million.
The Wednesday night dinner raised $8,000 in one shot. The Benefit talent showcase, held Thursday and Friday, raised the running total to $18,166, as announced at the end of the Friday show.
Moltke arrived at the Friday night show after a day of treatment.
"I really kind of forgot my long, horrible chemo day," Moltke said on stage. "We need to do this every Friday."
In addition to admission to the student talent show, Dylan Yuste, Franco Bozzo and Josh Davis sold CDs of their band's music with a 50 percent split going to Moltke.
Sumner High School student Michael Smith organized the Benefit Night show this year.