Kelly Reinhard, Olivia Evtimovski and Emily Piwko of Pinehurst Elementary School raised $220 dollars for Carly’s Club by selling drawings of imaginary creatures called “puffels.”
Three 9-year-old girls, Kelly Reinhard, Olivia Evtimovski and Emily Piwko, decided to do a fundraiser to help raise money for Carly’s Club by selling puffels, which are little creatures with different characteristics and themes. The puffels were sold around $1, $2 around their neighborhood, at Olivia’s father’s work and at school.
“People made donations and they ended up raising $220,” said Nicole Evitmovski, the mother of Olivia. “Then they presented the check to Robin Hace of Carly’s Club of Roswell. They came up with all on their own, and they wanted to do it for the pediatric part of Roswell because they are kids and they wanted to give it to kids.”
Roswell Park, a comprehensive cancer center, has a small organization called Carly’s Club which exists to offer support programs to children diagnosed with cancer to make their lives a little more manageable in addition to raising funds for pediatric cancer research.
Cancer affects thousands of lives in the United States annually. According to cancer.org, an estimated cancer prevalence in the United States as of Jan. 1, 2008 was 11,958,000, out of which 353,000 was childhood cancer.
The girls got the idea to sell puffels one day in the classroom at Pinehurst Elementary, where they all go to school.
“We were drawing a big one for our teacher on the chalkboard,” said Emily Piwko.
“And then we said, ‘how about we sell these? How about we give the money to Roswell,” finished Olivia Evtimovski. From there, it was a group effort with each girl contributing ideas on how to make the fundraising a success.
The girls got the concept of puffels from the game Club Penguin, an online game and a video game for the Nintendo DS.
“There were little creatures, puffels, and we just kind of added on to them,” said Kelly Reinhard. They made around 50 different ones with about 40 copies of each puffel.
The girls plan on doing another fundraiser for Roswell at some point in the future, although they are unsure if they will be selling the puffels again or something different.