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During all the busyness of preparing for high school graduation, three Hamilton High School seniors were also organizing charity events for their senior project to benefit the Colors of Cancer Campaign for the Daly Hospital Foundation.

Olivia Burns organized a group paint lesson on the grounds of the Daly Mansion on June 5. She had a lot of family support with her extended family in town for her graduation ceremony the next day.

“I enjoyed being able to organize an event for the community to come and spend time together and also fundraise for the cancer center,” Burns said. “Sean is a family friend and local artist in the Bitterroot who’s a great art teacher, so I asked him to help and he donated his time and supplies. Everybody liked him and he was super excited to teach a class and help raise money for the campaign.”

Bryers taught the step-by-step art class and helped 20 students of all ages create their own version of images inspired by Trapper Peak. Burns family provided lunch for all the participants.

“I think it went well,” Burns said. “It was a little bit of a time crunch, but we made it work even though we had a lot going on that weekend.”

Daly Hospital Foundation Junior Board Member Maria Kanenwisher set up the raffle items for the art students.

“We had some donated items and gave away tickets to our upcoming fundraising events,” she said. “Many dropped their tickets for the dermatology basket donated by Dr. Angela Covington. They were really excited about that.”

Tanner Hanson and Austin Drake have organized the first-ever Colors of Cancer Golf Scramble at the Hamilton Golf Club to be held on June 25. With potential to host 20 teams of four golfers, the boys have prepared everything from cancer ribbon tee markers to the planning the menu items to compliment a prime rib lunch. Each of the 18 holes has been designated a color for a cancer and will have a skill challenge or fun activity associated with it.

“For example, players wearing hats will get an advantage on the hole representing ‘Team Black’ for skin cancer,” Hanson said. “It will make the scramble a lot more fun and competitive for our teams. I’ve played in a lot of tournaments over the years and this is the first time I’ll be in charge of one.”

Drake said he and Hanson have enjoyed working together to plan the event.

“I’m excited for the tournament because not only will it allow players to showcase individual skills in golf, but it will also be fun and allow them to enjoy a nice meal with friends, all for a good cause,” he said. “I’m also excited because it’s a new event and could potentially turn into an annual event for the foundation.”

All proceeds from Colors of Cancer fundraising events this year will go toward the construction of a new cancer and infusion center at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.

“It’s an exciting time for the hospital with so many announcements lately about expanding our services and connecting all our clinics with fresh branding and a new logo,” said Stacie Duce, director of philanthropy. “At the foundation, we rely heavily on volunteers and students to help us get our work done. From junior board members to interns to students interested in fundraising, they really energize our work and help me keep the momentum on our monumental task of raising enough funds for a new cancer and infusion center to be added to the south side of the hospital.”

Neil Massey is the facilitator of the program at Hamilton High School that guided more than 70 graduating students through a senior project that benefit the community during their last semester of high school.

“Given the restrictions our students had this year, the kids persevered and some absolutely shined with amazing projects,” he said. “We adjusted the program and reduced the number of required hours since they only had one semester to complete their project, but that didn’t dampen the caliber of their efforts. They really tried to catch the spirit of community engagement that’s behind the program and honor the intent.”

Massey said the school will be making some changes for the senior project program next year, including creating a committee to help the students succeed and ensure each is held to the same expectations and time commitment.

“We really want them to think about what they want to do before they start,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to engage with their community and show appreciation before they launch on their next life adventure.”

To register for the Colors of Cancer Golf Scramble or the upcoming Colors of Cancer 5K on June 19, go to MDMH.org/EVENTS. For more information, contact Stacie Duce at the Daly Hospital Foundation at 406-375-4674.

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