A 24 hour fundraiser has paid off for Fort High students.
Spinning for Smiles - third gear took place at the school from 9 a.m. Friday (Mar.9) to 9 a.m. Saturday, raising just over $37,000.
The fundraiser is held each year in memory of Spencer Turner, who lost his battle to cancer in 2009.
"The number of students that are coming, the amount of money they are raising, it shows that the legacy Spencer started with the whole give to others, provide quality of life even though you might not have quantity of life, the kids have grabbed ahold of that and developed that into their own legacy now," said Spencer’s father Tyson Turner.
Activities throughout the night included a slip and slide, band, Disc Jockey, scavanger hunt, minute to win it games, Spiderman challenge and an 'epic' musical chair championship.
"Our students were spectacular. They were well behaved, they were polite, they clapped, they had energy, they were good to each other. I could not be prouder to be principal at this school," said principal Jeff Spady.
He felt the reason this fundraiser is so popular each year is because Spencer knew a lot of the kids.
For Spencer's mother Janna, the whole experience left her feeling overwhelmed.
"My heart is exploding with gratitude for these kids, they've taken it on as being their own and they were a huge part of the planning process this year," she said.
It was also a bittersweet, as they said goodbye to those who graduate this year.
The Turner's are looking forward to this fundraiser getting bigger and better.

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