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St. Joseph students forgo mums, make donations

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.


Mum is not the word for St. Joseph High School students attending this year's Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday.

Instead of buying mums, many of the students are making donations to the Carolyn Shimek Benefit Fund. Shimek, the wife of St. Joe teacher and baseball coach Mike Shimek, is battling Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"Several of the senior girls came up with the idea. Their charity is a living testament to what he has been teaching them," said Anna Holladay, director of advancement at St. Joe's, noting Shimek also teaches theology. "This is not only helping the Shimeks, but also helping bring awareness to the disease."

Those who donate receive a half-blue, half-red wristband (the color of ALS awareness). The wristband is inscribed with "We Support the Shimeks" on the blue side and "We Fight ALS" on the red.

"As Coach Shimek told me, 'This is not only an act of charity, it's an act of hope'," said Holladay.

Others not attending the dance may also make donations throughout the year.

Donations should be made directly to the Carolyn Shimek Benefit, c/o First Victoria National Bank Trust Department, Attention: Sheila Wenske, P.O. Box 1338, Victoria, TX 77902-1338.

For more information on how to help, call 361-573-5239.

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