KATY (Covering Katy News)—The Tompkins High School Theatre Company has surpassed its fundraising goal for the fight against childhood cancer, raising almost $11,000 after hosting an evening of art, dance, music, theatre, and a silent auction last month.
Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The idea for the benefit was that of 16-year-old Tompkins sophomore Anoushka Ramesh. Instead of having a typical birthday party, she wanted to do something that made a difference.
“St. Jude’s never bills patients or families,” Anoushka said. “My view was, it’s extremely important to support them with donations and funds. I’m sure a lot of us know someone who has cancer and the toll it takes on their families.”
Anoushka spoke with her fellow students in the Tompkins Theater Company, along with theater teachers Margaret Rodriguez and Jay Matthew, who supported the effort.
“It was her vision, her idea,” Kavitha Ramesh, Anoushka’s mother, said.
The silent auction included two concert tickets to Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour, a football helmet signed by Houston Texans football star J.J. Watt, Houston Astros baseball tickets, and about 30 gift cards to local businesses that went to raffle winners or the highest bidders.
Kavitha and Anoushka said they would be happy to help guide the event should it become an annual one, though no decision has been made there.
As for Anoushka’s future, she said while she hasn’t decided what her future plans are, she does know that she wants to make a difference in people’s lives.
“We hoped people would come and contribute to this worthy cause,” Anoushka said. “The event was a success. I’m grateful for everyone who made donations and came to the event. Their support was greatly appreciated and will make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.”
Those wishing to make donations are welcome to do so through a St. Jude web page set up for the Tompkins fundraising effort. Anoushka said the web site would be closed this week.