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The Catholic Memorial Haunted House raised $13,000 for Camp Hometown Heroes, the largest student-donation the organization has received.

The CMH Haunted House has been running for eight years. Each year the proceeds raised are donated to a charity or organization that supports veterans and their families.

This year, the students chose Camp Hometown Heroes, a national, free weeklong overnight summer camp for children and siblings of fallen U.S. service members who died in combat, or due to an accident, illness or suicide.

During their visit to camp, which can be the first time for many, the children have the opportunity to openly discuss their feelings and experiences. Through the support of pediatric grief specialists, children partake in art and music therapy programs. There are also optional discussion groups for children who have lost a parent in service.

The high school presented Camp Hometown Heroes with the donation April 14 at a special ceremony.

Representatives from the camp, Deb Paschke, the executive director and Sue Turowski, a board member, accepted the donation and spoke to the CMH student body about the impact that the camp has on the children they serve. They also each spoke about the impact that the CMH community will have with the donation and how touching it is that kids are supporting kids.

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