Charity

Our charity for 2019:  Muscular Dystrophy Association

Thank you to everyone for this year’s charity nominations.  We had eight charity nominations submitted, all for very deserving charities.  The PTC Board voted and narrowed down the charities to:  Muscular Dystrophy Association and Buddy’s Place.

Our students created commercials in support of the charities which were shown to the elementary students before the official vote.  The commercials were fun and informative, and extremely helpful in helping the elementary students vote for a charity.

The vote was extremely close (50.8% to 49.2%), but we finally have a winner.  The Muscular Dystrophy Association will receive all proceeds from Highlands’ 2019 production of Highlands Goes Hollywood!

Background

Each year, the proceeds from the Highlands Goes Hollywood Variety Show go to a charity. This is a wonderful opportunity to work together for a worthy cause!  Charities should be from our local community or the Chicago-land area and be appropriate for discussion with children.

We are continuing the selection process where all K-5 students will be involved in choosing the charity for this year’s show!  The incoming nominations will be vetted by the PTC Board, which will choose 2 or 3 appropriate charities to be voted on by the students.

Previous Charities

In 2018, Highlands Goes Hollywood supported JDRF.  JDRF is a group of people from around the world that raise money to find a cure for Diabetes.  Diabetes is the name given to disorders that make it hard for a person’s body to control blood sugar levels. When people have diabetes their body has a hard time changing this sugar into energy like a healthy system would. This can make you feel sick or very tired.  People that work for Juvenile Diabetes Research are looking for a cure for the disease.They are also looking for ways to make people’s lives better each day. They look for new treatments to make people with diabetes have lives that are safer, healthier and easier. JDRF gives children with diabetes a backpack filled with a teddy bear and lots of information to help them understand the disease.  They have written many guides to help people with diabetes to live their best life. They work to prevent diabetes so no children or adults have to live with this disease.  For more information about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, go to www.jdrf.org/illinois/

In 2017, the Variety Show helped CF Foundation raise money to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.  Team O’Connell, a fundraising team for the CF Foundation, is led by Matt and Kellene O’Connell, two parents of a first grader at Highlands, Brady O’Connell, who is suffering from this horrible disease.  I can’t see how any other charity would make more sense than one that benefits one of our own. Brady is a strong, determined kid that ensues daily medications and lung treatments just to keep him going. I have seen Brady go in and out of the hospital more times than anyone I have ever met and he is only 6 years old!  The CF Foundation is actively involved in not only finding a cure, but developing a community of comfort and knowledge for the families that are victims to this relentless disease. In the 1950’s few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today a CF victim has hope to live well into their 30s, 40s and beyond. Too many children are suffering from this horrible disease and we have to find a cure now!  Click here to view the video.

LuMind Foundation (Down Syndrome) was chosen in 2016 as the Variety Show Charity. From their website,  www.lumindfoundation.org, here is more information about LuMind Foundation: “The mission of the LuMind Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome so they: participate more successfully in school,  lead more active and independent lives, and avoid the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

The chosen charity for 2015 was the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The mission of this charity is to advance the independence of people with disabilities, enrich their lives, provide support to their families, and advocate for their inclusion in every facet of community life.

Video commercials

In 2015, to help students make an informed decision, the 4th grade Computer Club and three 5th grade students created videos explaining the two charities (Click on each charity name to view the videos).
United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of the Greater Chicago Area
Camp I am Me