Valhalla Court was full of purple when the Mazama basketball teams played in the annual “Purple Game” hosted by Mazama’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Every year, Mazama FBLA puts on a “Purple Game” where the student organization group raises funds to support March of Dimes.
Mazama FBLA participates in March of Dimes with a fundraising campaign that has been going on for more than 10 years. Students started fundraising with an activity called Pick-a- Pumpkin in the fall, which allowed students and community members to buy a pumpkin to support the March of Dimes.
This year, Mazama students partnered with a local business, Sergio’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant, and sold pumpkins at the restaurant during hours of operation.
Mazama’s chapter officers Kara LaMere and JoAnna Henry are leading this year’s March of Dimes FBLA project. Their goal is to raise $1,000 and donate it all to the March of Dimes organization.
“I love this project because I am helping save babies’ lives and impacting my community through community service,” LaMere said.
Henry said she chose this project because, “The March of Dimes gives us an opportunity to serve all the moms and babies who need support in our country.”
March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization founded in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is a national foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The organization helps find and improve research to help the health of mothers and babies.
Even though the Pick-a-Pumpkin program and Purple Game are over at Mazama, community members can still make a difference by donating money toward LaMere’s and Henry’s March Dimes FBLA project.
For more information on March of Dimes, please visit the website: www.marchofdimes.org or contact Mazama FBLA. Keep up with all Mazama FBLA activities on
the organization’s Facebook page.
Written by Sergio Cisneros, business teacher, FBLA advisor, Mazama High School Photos by Mazama FBLA