Bellevue West DECA students host Carnival for Team Jack

Bellevue West DECA students host Carnival for Team Jack

Thursday, January 24, 2019

On Sunday January 6th, the DECA chapter of Bellevue West High School hosted an event called 'Carnival for Cancer’ – presented by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Bellevue - to raise funds for the Team Jack Foundation.  The event raised over $5,000, and will be donated to the Team Jack Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.  

The carnival was organized by senior Paige Perrone, with help from juniors Reece Kelly and Josh Clark.  Approximately 150 people attended the event that featured inflatables, various carnival games and raffle prizes - a special thank you to the Bellevue area businesses for donating these items to make this event a success. The Bellevue Police department donated food for the event as well.

“I’m so glad it all came together. We put a lot of time into it, and seeing it all set up was awesome.  We’re excited to help the kids and families who are battling brain cancer,” said Perrone.

At the conclusion of the event, Raising Cane’s presented the students with a $1,000 check to support the Team Jack Foundation and carnival.  Raising Cane’s will soon be opening a location in Bellevue and aims to support the local community through events and volunteering.

“Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers takes so much pride in connecting with those in the Community working so hard to make a difference.  The Team Jack Foundation is one of those admirable organizations that we jumped at being able to help with at the Carnival for Cancer event.  We were honored to be present during this event sharing laughs, playing games, giving away exciting prizes, and meeting so many people with hearts as big as the sun. Raising Cane’s can’t wait to continue to partner in Omaha by opening our newest Restaurant in Bellevue on January 29th. We want to thank Team Jack for sharing the passion of giving back and making a difference in so many families' lives,” said Kelli Pilkington, Marketing Advisor for Raising Cane's.

The event is part of a year-long marketing project called Learn & Earn, and will culminate with a written project and presentation at the Nebraska State DECA Leadership Conference in March.  Perrone also recruited help from the Bellevue West Honor Society, as well as coordinated fundraising activities with students at Omaha South High School and Millard West High School.  In addition to the carnival event, the students also hosted a Team Jack night at a home basketball game, a staff vs. students kickball tournament and various promotional activities in the weeks leading up to the event to raise awareness about pediatric brain cancer in Nebraska. In March 2019, the Bellevue West DECA Chapter won the Nebraska State DECA competition for their Team Jack project and will compete at Nationals in Orlando in April.

The funds raised from the event will benefit the Team Jack Foundation and their efforts to fund impactful pediatric brain cancer research. The Team Jack Foundation is currently fueling eight projects nationwide including a local project called the POWER5 Pediatric Brain Tumor Initiativeat UNMC in Omaha. This program focuses on laboratory and clinical research, pain management in cancer and education.

The students hope to make the carnival an annual event to support Team Jack and the continued fight against pediatric brain cancer.  Thank you to Bellevue West DECA and everyone that attended, it was a great event!

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