DOWNEY - Warren High School raised more than $37,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, not only collecting more money than schools in the Los Angeles region, but becoming the top fundraising school in the nation.Olive Garden made the announcement on Sept. 15, when they said Warren had collected loose change totaling $37,575. Downey High School was second behind Warren in regional fundraising, collecting $20,163. Thousands of schools across the nation participated in Olive Garden's Pasta for Pennies fundraiser, in which students collect pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and donate the proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Olive Garden said more than $6.1 million was raised this year, the most ever raised in a single year. The Pasta for Pennies program has brought in more than $53 million over the last 16 years. "The students who make Pasta for Pennies a great success each year are true role models for us to emulate," said Dave Pickens, president of Olive Garden. The top fundraising classes at Warren and Downey will receive a free pasta party delivered by the local Olive Garden restaurant.
********** Published: September 23, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 23