The Flambeau High School girl’s basketball team has returned to lead the way for this year’s 12th annual Cancer Relief Benefit.

This year, sophomores Sophie Hauser, Shyla Applebee and Abby Bratanich are the leading organizers for the Cancer Relief Benefit and have been working diligently to raise awareness and to get their fellow students, local organizations and community members excited about the cause.

Activities for the Cancer Relief Benefit will be held the week of Feb. 4 and continue throughout the week, ending with the fervor of a pep assembly during the day and basketball games at night, both on Feb. 8.

To tip-off the benefit, a student led t-shirt design contest was held. The winning student will win a pizza party for their entire grade and a field trip for the entire grade to Artisan’s to watch the t-shirts put into production.

Donations for raffles and the silent auction have begun to fill the administrative offices. Cash raffle tickets may be purchased from any Flambeau girl’s or boy’s basketball player or at the school office. Total cash prizes are $1,000 in winnings, with the top prize being $500.

This year four handmade quilts have been donated along with a Matthews crossbow, Metropolis overnight stay for four with tickets to Action City and water park, Jim Leonhard autographed gear, a 60-inch television, autographed Green Bay Packer’s football and much more.

This is the 12th year Flambeau School has held this benefit that to date has raised $110,000 for local cancer organizations. This year the raised funds will be donated equally to the Women with Courage Foundation, Hope Lodge and Joshua’s Camp.

Last year the benefit raised a record $17,000 and this year, said Hauser, the school is looking to beat that goal.

Beyond the important funds that are raised, the benefit also raises cancer awareness, boosts school pride and community involvement and togetherness. The pep assembly held during the day for students includes a very real and personal way to give yourself to the cause. So far 19 people have signed up to cut eight or more inches of their own hair to donate to Children with Hair Loss.

Last year 21 people donated their locks; this year the organizers are hoping for even more donors. Hauser and Bratanich will be two of the many to make the cut. Four hairstyles have so far signed up to help during the event.

To bring additional awareness to the Cancer Relief Benefit, Flambeau senior Alex Brost and junior Katie Zimmer will appear on Channel 18’s WQOW on Jan. 23 and on Channel 13’s WEAU on Jan. 28.

Between now and Friday, Feb. 8 and making a come back this year, individuals will be able to purchase memory ribbons for $1 in either pink or purple. The memory ribbons will be posted in the school commons to honor and remember those with cancer. The pink ribbons are for breast cancer and the purple ribbons signify all other cancers. Student can also participate in Lids for a Cure by paying $1 to wear a hat to school.

Each day leading up to the benefit, the school will be celebrating a dress-up theme that will have kids getting excited each day for the cause. Monday will be pajama day, Tuesday is career day for elementary students and teacher look-a-like day for middle and high school students, Wednesday is sports team day, Thursday is inside-out day and Friday will finish the week with Cancer Relief Benefit t-shirt day.

The pep assembly held at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 will include the following events:

— Entire school ribbon picture

— Hair cutting donation to Children with Hair Loss

— Paper Chains

Friday night benefit events include:

— Freewill chili feed before the basketball games. Beef for the chili is being donated by Linda Zimmer and Kwik Trip.

— Raffle and silent auction with tons of great prizes.

— Various meat boards will be available.

— At 5:45 p.m. the Falcon varsity girls play against Winter High School in the big gym. In the small gym, Falcon boy’s square off against Riverside Eagle’s Home School.

— Pie auction with Ted Alberson auctioning off pies between the games.

— At 7:15 p.m. the Falcon junior varsity girl’s square off against the Riverside Eagle’s Home School team in the small gym. In the big gym Falcon varsity boy’s play against Winter High School.

Hauser, Applebee and Bratanich have been a part of every benefit since beginning school at Flambeau. Each said their favorite part of the event are the basketballs games. “The excitement, rush and spirit of the night is amazing,” said Hauser. Applebee recounted the fun of lining up the paper chains during the pep assembly.

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