Three Philipsburg-Osceola Area teachers did time Saturday afternoon, but for a good cause.
When teachers Jacob Krupa, Mike Mann and Cory Wood made it to Relay for Life of The Moshannon Valley, they were given tickets and sent directly to a makeshift jail.
Jail, at the annual Relay for Life event, was just a tent on the northwest side of the parking lot at Geisinger Philipsburg, but to get “bailed out,” Krupa said they were encouraged to help raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society.
In about an hour, the trio raised more than $250, Wood said.
Event leader Kerry Slother said Saturday morning that about $16,000 needed to be raised in order to hit the $1 million goal set in 2002, when Relay for Life was established specifically for the Moshannon Valley area.
“That’s really our goal this year — that we hit it — and after that I guess we’ll have to see where we go from there,” she said. “But the Monopoly theme really fit with our goal this year. People come and are given a Monopoly card like in the game and can win prizes, or go to jail and they have to help raise money in order to be released. They’re taking donations, making calls and it’s a lot of fun.”
Ten organizations participated in this year’s “Millionaire Monopoly”- themed Relay for Life. For some of those participants, helping to raise money and awareness for cancer treatment and prevention is personal.
Mann said he was a young kid when his father died of cancer. His brother, who also died of cancer, was in his 20s.
“It affects everyone in some way or another, so it’s nice to give back,” he said.
At Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District, coaches participate with their teams in events that help promote cancer-fighting fundraisers.
Krupa is a wrestling and track coach, Mann coaches football, and Wood is the coach for football and wrestling.
Wood said the the P-O wrestling team participates in an event called Take Down Cancer, in partnership with the Clearfield Area School District.
Proceeds from wrestling matches between P-O and Clearfield go toward foundations that help raise money for cancer-related initiatives, he said.
Last year, proceeds went to the Emily Whitehead Foundation, named in honor of a local girl who battled cancer, to help raise awareness and research funds for childhood cancer treatments.