Larkin High School will host the 17th annual Connie-A-Thon fundraiser in honor of a student who died waiting for heart and lung transplants.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin.
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Proceeds benefit people within the Larkin community who have outstanding debt from medical expenses.
The fundraiser was started in 1998 to raise money for a former student, Connie Schweitzer, who was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension.
She needed a lung and heart transplant, but died on a waiting list in June 2000. This year's recipients are Larkin students Austin Keating, a junior in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy, and Mikayla Lesko, a freshman. Both students have had lifelong health issues.
Attractions at the fundraiser include food booths, games, an inflatable bouncy house, live band performances, an art sale, face painting, caricatures, a fun run, car wash, silent auction, dunk tank, 3-on-3 basketball and soccer tournaments and raffles.
"Connie-A-Thon has been a great Larkin tradition, and it has helped so many people in need," said Julia Burch, a Larkin student government member.
"We would like to get the word out about it so that more people can give the recipients support."
A small committee of Larkin student government members organize the event. Students go door-to-door asking businesses for sponsorships and donations of silent auction items.
The event also helps promote awareness of organ donation and has raised money for Elgin Area School District U-46 staff, students, and friends with medical needs.
In case of inclement weather, the fundraiser could be moved to the gymnasium.