CORVALLIS, Ore. — It’s an all-time Corvallis High School record. Students raised more than $137,000 for its annual Mr. and Ms. Spartan Pageant.
The armpit wax was just one of the many ways that some Corvallis High School students got creative raising money.
“It was really painful, but I got through it and it’s all going to charity so it’s worth it,” said contestant Eduardo Ramirez.
Six months of fund-raising.
“It’s been a great experience overall and I’m really glad I was a part of it,” said pageant winner Ryan Khalife.
On Saturday, this group of high school juniors and seniors had its final event. Its pageant.
“It was really exciting to see all the work we’ve done being presented to the community as a whole,” Khalife said.
Khalife and Charlie Cole, two CHS seniors, were crowned as Mr. and Ms. Spartan 2014 for their efforts.
“Everyone was deserving of it, so I honestly had no idea who it would be but I was pretty shocked and excited when I found out it was me and Charlie,” Khalife said.
“Incredible and a little overwhelming and it all came out in tears. Happy tears of course, but tears,” said pageant winner Charlie Cole.
Then, the treasurers revealed the grand total the group had raised was more than $137,000.
“Seeing how much we’re doing for other people and how much we can make a difference is really surprising and I think that’s the most rewarding part of it,” Cole said.
The money will go to the Regional Cancer Center, the Oregon Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Mario Pastega house, which students toured a few months ago.
“It was touching and kind of wrenched at your heart strings,” Cole said.
One Newport woman stayed at the Pastega House a while back while her dad was in the hospital.
“The stress as it is when you have someone in the hospital is hard enough. But when you have to worry about everything else, the stress really builds up,” said house guest Kati Silvia.
The fundraisers help keep the house running for those who can’t afford to stay long-term at a hotel.
“It means a lot because my mom and I are on a very fixed income,” Silvia said.
It’s Silvia’s story and the stories of everyone else using the facilities that keep the Spartans fundraising, year after year.