Spare Change to Benefit Youth Leukemia Program

by: cancercompass

Olive Garden's ‘Pasta for Pennies’ fundraiser is in its 17th year for 2011, raising more than $53 million since it first began.

The fundraiser benefits the School & Youth campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

"Olive Garden's Pasta for Pennies motivates students to give their time and money to a great cause," LLS President and CEO John Walter stated in a press release.  "All of us at LLS are inspired by the commitment of the students, teachers and parents who give generously to support those battling blood cancers and help advance our mission to find a cure."

For three weeks, more than 6,500 schools across the nation will fill collection jars in classrooms for students to donate their spare change. The class that raises the most funds at each participating school will win a pasta party. All food is donated by the school's local Olive Garden.

Does your child's classroom participate in Pasta for Pennies?

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