Hundreds of students treated to hot dog party after raising $12K for breast cancer awareness

Paul Kurtz
November 22, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Hot Dog Fundraiser

Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- More than 350 students took over the Board of Education's atrium this past week for what was billed as a hot dog grillebration, a reward for their efforts in raising funds for breast cancer awareness.

There wasn't much in the way of leftovers after this ravenous crew was through.

"I ate two [hot dogs]," said one student. "They were so good I want to eat three."

The students represented the top ten schools in a district-wide competition last month that raised more than $12,000 for Komen Philadelphia. 

Fox Chase Elementary was the top selling school, raising more than $2,000. They were led by the Dougherty clan, 6-year-old Ameilia, 7-year-old Ian and 10-year-old Ashlyn, all of whom had a personal stake in the game. 

"Because someone in our family had breast cancer, two people, our aunts."

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The kids raised $400, in part, by selling lemonade over the summer.

"We used our lemonade money, and then our mom and dad gave us money to bring in."

"I was running around to the corners and I was screaming 'lemonade, lemonade for sale, come and get it!'"

Komen Philadelphia CEO Elaine Grobman believes they learned a valuable lesson in what it means to do for others.  

"Whether it was pennies, nickels, dimes, dollars, their heart is in it," Grobman said. "And the teachers worked very hard to see that this message hits the kids in the right way."