The DECA marketing students raised $10,310 for the American Heart Association, $3,325 for Honor Flight Columbus, $2,019 for the Ronald McDonald House, and $2,001 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Representatives with each organization were on hand to accept the funds and thank the students.
Honor Flight is a national group begun in 2005 that celebrates veterans by giving them a free opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the national war memorials built in their honor. Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) DECA has donated more than $43,000 since 2008 to help sponsor flights for the veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of injured servicemen and women.DECA has donated more than $8,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Under the direction of OLHS DECA adviser/Marketing teacher Mike Rees, the funds were raised by the students using various marketing plans, including shirt sales and a “red-out for heart” football game. OLHS DECA students and staff previously received recognition from Congressman Pat Tiberi, Governor John Kasich and United States Senators Portman and Brown thanking them for their support of Honor Flight and the Wounded Warrior Project.