Edmond North High School recently held its 25th annual BALTO (Bring a Light to Others) campaign, raising $568,082 for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
The students at Edmond North started fundraising for the Hospital in Fall 2019, and revealed the total amount raised at the BALTO final assembly where students, faculty, parents and community members were in attendance. Funds raised by the BALTO campaign will help build The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital’s “Field of Dreams.” The field will be an adaptive sports complex for inpatients and outpatients allowing them to participate in recreational sports on campus.
“We held many fundraising events throughout the year. Some of our largest community events included a golf tournament, 5k race and a silent auction. In addition to the community events, we held various fundraising tournaments at the school such as BALTO volleyball, 3 on 3 basketball, dodgeball and more. We worked really hard this year to ensure that BALTO was fun and successful not only for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital but the community as well,” said Paige Diamond, BALTO Chair, Edmond North High School.
The BALTO campaign is a student led campaign. From recruiting sponsors and organizing events to interviewing and choosing a BALTO recipient, the students are involved from start to finish.
“The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital had the opportunity to come and talk to our student council class. Every student loved talking with them, and we all felt the impact of the ‘Field of Dreams.’ We knew this project would reach so many people, and we wanted to help in any way we could to make this field a reality,” said Lauren Minnix, BALTO Chair, Edmond North High School.
“The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Edmond North High School community. The students at Edmond North went above and beyond to make our Field of Dreams a reality, and for that we can’t thank them enough,” said Heidi Russell, vice president of communications and development, The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.