True Blue 2014 Review

Nic Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief

True Blue, Bingham’s Christmas fundraiser formerly known as Sub-4-Santa, broke last years previous donations record by raising $87,287.44. Last year’s record was just around $83,000 and with the new program and activities, Bingham was able to gather more money in a shorter amount of time. 

After starting True Blue with the Kickoff Assembly on December 2, the student government’s planned activities began. Concerts, a dodgeball tournament, and Zumba were used to encourage students to come and participate in the seasonal fundraiser. The improv team offered a “Pay 2 Play” show where students were able to watch the performance as long as they donated more money to keep the show going.

Similarly, student body officers put on an all-day assembly where students were able to watch social studies teachers James Barton do the haka and Brett Boberg dance to The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World” to encourage donations. Students also were able to experience seniors Jake Funes, Nick Heninger, and Nate Naylor dance in tight outfits to “Santa Baby”. A basketball tournament also took place, in which the teachers won overall against each grade level.

True Blue was not all about games and entertainment, however. The money raised from these activities allowed students to take underprivileged children to see the lights decorating downtown Salt Lake CIty. Students were also able to shop for presents to deliver to families in need.

“True Blue was a great opportunity for us to help others who are less fortunate than we are,” said senior Marcus Arroyo, who participated in the True Blue all-day assembly.

Bingham’s record-breaking holiday fundraiser came to a close on December 20, the last day before the winter break. True Blue ended with a celebratory closing assembly.

The money raised from all these activities were donated to charities such as the Utah division of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Christmas Box House, Star Light Program, and South Valley Sanctuary.

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