For the fifth consecutive year, students and staff members at Pickerington High School North will host events featuring a dance, a 50/50 raffle and games to benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Five years ago, Sarah Whitcraft a PHS North sign language teacher and adviser to both Club Hope and the school's student council worked with students and staff at the school to establish the first "Rave to Save."

This year, the event returns Saturday, March 4.

Family Rave to Save, an event open to the community, will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a similar event that will include a dance will be held for Pickerington high school students and their guests from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Both events will take place at PHS North, 7800 Refugee Road.

"Students at the Ohio State University have a program called Buckeyethon, and we wanted to get involved so (Rave to Save) was started to raise awareness about the Oncology Unit at (Nationwide) Children's Hospital to help students realize they can make an impact and help others," Whitcraft said. "We later added the community part to show the support in the community."

Admittance to the Family Rave to Save event is gained with a donation that will be passed on to Children's Hospital, and the event will offer a variety of activities, including a caricature artist, an obstacle course, a photo booth and opportunities to make cards for hospital patients.

There also will be raffle drawings for gift baskets, including American Girl doll and Lego sets. Animals from the Columbus Zoo are to visit from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The high school dance, with a theme of "Dance for Kids who Can't," will include Laser Tag, an obstacle course, Wacky Ball and a disc jockey-led dance. There also will be a lip sync battle, Whitcraft said.

Tickets for the high school dance are $10 and can be purchased March 2 and 3 in the PHS North Commons or at the door the night of the dance.

Whitcraft said the event has continued not only for its original purpose, but also in honor of former North student, Lauryn "Lu" Oliphant, who died May 5 after an 18-month battle with leukemia. She was 17 years old.

"Now more than ever, we need to raise money to help find a cure because our students unfortunately got to see a student lose her battle with leukemia and we don't want anyone else to have to go through that," Whitcraft said.

"This money will go towards research to someday, hopefully, find a cure."

In addition to the annual Rave to Save event, North's Club Hope collected more than 200 new blankets that were donated to Children's patients.

"People should come to make a difference and have a great time with their friends and family, knowing that their money will make a difference in the life of many," Whitcraft said.

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