Walled Lake Central class of 2020 donates $9K meant for prom to local food pantry

Posted at 5:53 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 05:53:56-04

WALLED LAKE, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Walled Lake Central High School class of 2020 has donated thousands of dollars to a food pantry after their prom was canceled.

The class of 2020 raised more than $9,000 for their prom, but that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, instead of putting on the event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, they donated the money to the Hospitality House Food Pantry.

"The Class of 2020 embodies the true spirit of Viking Pride. In a time where there is so much uncertainty in the world their leadership, shows that everything will be okay. They are a remarkable group of students that show kindness, compassion, and the need to help others as a priority,” WLC Class of 2020 Co-Sponsor Jennifer Caulford said in a release.

The funds will help Hospitality House provide essential services to people in Walled Lake and greater Oakland County.

Walled Lake Central 2020 class president Olivia Kochevar said the class debated on what to do with the leftover money.

"We realized how hard it was going to be for WLC to fundraise like we normally do for the annual canned food drive, so we wanted to give the money we had from our council to Hospitality House because families in the community are in more need, due to the pandemic," she said.

“Hospitality House has been working tirelessly to bring qualitative solutions to those in our community who are struggling with crisis. These solutions include not just providing free food to those in need but now helping to assist those who are in need of temporary emergency shelter, emergency car repair and utility assistance. We are extremely humbled by the gift from Walled Lake Centrals 2020 seniors and are grateful that they would consider our organization as a way to display their own generosity to the community,” Hospitality House Executive Director Donovan Neal said.