CASEY, Ill. (WTHI)-Riley Parrent is one of 80 students of Studio III Dance Academy in Casey, Illinois.
"This studio I’ve been with for maybe six months. I've done cheer and tumbling all my life though," said Parrent.
Even though she hadn't been at the studio as long as some of the other girls she still took Tuesday’s fire pretty hard.
"It broke my heart. It was the first thing I heard when I woke up Tuesday morning and I just wanted to bawl. But we had to figure out what to do to help Sam and everyone else who goes to tumbling and cheer here," Parrent said.
That’s why she was helping out Saturday with her classmates. They held a ribeye sandwich fundraiser with help from the Martins IGA in Casey.
Less than week after this disaster they are ready to do what they can. Including the studios fundraiser chair Leann Jones.
"I started about two hours after it happened. That was just the way I was coping with it. Like I got to get something done, my way to help her. So I kind of just started planning right then and there," said Jones.
Not only have the girls been raising money themselves but the community has been helping out as well. They have been reaching out in any way possible to donate to the cause. Including helping set up future fundraisers in the coming weeks.
"I’ve had people I don't know contact me saying hey we will donate a basket or a gift certificate to this restaurant so we are not even having to go out and try. They are coming to us and that is amazing," said Jones.
Studio III raised over $1,200 at their first fundraiser. Here is a full lif you would like to donate go here.
Here is a list of all their current fundraisers going on or coming up in the future.
Dancers, cheerleaders and parents are taking orders for Dacie’s Sugar Cookies. They are homemade sugar cookies in Christmas shapes and decorated with homemade buttercream icing. They are sold by the dozen and half dozen and boxed in a plastic container for easy gift giving. $5 for a dozen and $2.50 for a half dozen. Orders must be turned in by Monday, December 18th and cookies will be delivered to the seller on December 21st.
The Chili Dinner consists of chili, cinnamon roll, peanut butter sandwich and drink. It is December 21st from 5 to 7 at the Casey VFW Banquet Room at 300 S Central. Dinner is $5 a person. There will be a silent auction and bake sale during the dinner.
T-Shirts are available for sale in sizes Youth XS – Adult 5XL.
Youth t-shirts sizes XS-XL $15 each
Youth hoodies size XS-XL $25 each
Adult t-shirts sizes S-XL $15 each
Adult sizes 2XL and up $18 each
Adult hoodies sizes S-XL $25 each
Adult hoodies sizes 2XL and up $30 each
All will be grey.