Brookfield East student siblings Ryan and Tara Reilly led a diverse team of five adults and eight students from Brookfield East, Brookfield Central, and Divine Savior to raise over $110,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LSS).
The fundraising efforts were part of the seven-week-long 2019 Milwaukee Student of the Year Challenge which included 13 teams from various area high schools. The team gathered funds in a number of ways, holding eight different fundraisers including three restaurant nights, a cycle bar event, a wine tasting, and tables at volleyball and basketball games; and securing business sponsorships and private donations.
"Tara and I were personally driven to this challenge as our grandfather was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and is currently on an experimental trail thanks to LSS," said Ryan Reilly. "This disease impacts countless lives and being able to work to make a difference through this competition was an incredible feeling."
At the end of the challenge, the Reilly's team was crowned the champion, having raised the most funds for the Society. Together, the 13 teams raised a collective $404,572 for LSS.
Pictured above L to R:
Front: Kathryn Lagore, Julie Haugen, Greta Prunuske, Tara Reilly, Tina Reilly
Back: Renee Griepentrog, Jackie Austin, Alex Freedy, Ryan Reilly, Jacob Pavletich, Andy Nosbusch