Grosse Pointe Schools Charity Week begins Jan. 26

Weeklong event will benefit I Love Lucy Fund

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 23, 2018

 Charity Week will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 in an effort to raise money for the I Love Lucy Fund at the Meade Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit, located on the campus of St. John Hospital and Medical Center on Moross Road. The family of Lucy Loch, 19, left, and her sister Clare Loch, right, a sophomore at Grosse Pointe North High School, created the fund after Lucy underwent treatment at Meade in 2013.

Charity Week will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 in an effort to raise money for the I Love Lucy Fund at the Meade Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit, located on the campus of St. John Hospital and Medical Center on Moross Road. The family of Lucy Loch, 19, left, and her sister Clare Loch, right, a sophomore at Grosse Pointe North High School, created the fund after Lucy underwent treatment at Meade in 2013.

Photo provided by Clare Loch

GROSSE POINTES — The students who belong to the student association clubs at both Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North high schools are joining together to raise money in the name of charity, and they invite the public to help them reach their goal.

The students will collectively hold Charity Week Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 in an effort to raise money for the I Love Lucy Fund at the Meade Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit, located on the campus of St. John Hospital and Medical Center on Moross Road on the Detroit/Grosse Pointe Woods border.

The students have planned a number of fundraisers throughout the week to be held in school and in the community to benefit the fund. Student association members have set up the Facebook page “One Grosse Pointe Charity Week” to list all the week’s events, including a restaurant that will participate by donating profits from business during the week.

Charity Week will begin Jan. 26 with North’s student association hosting a “Trolls” movie night for elementary school students at Parcells Middle School, 20600 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Woods. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the film will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, sold at the door, cost $5. Concessions will be for sale during the evening, and all are welcome to attend in their pajamas. Children must have a parent or guardian with them at all times.

To find other events, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pg/GP CharityWeek/events. The I Love Lucy Fund assists families receiving treatment at Meade who need help paying their medical bills.

South sophomore Evie Kuhnlein and senior Rachel Harris — the president of South’s student association — said this is the first time the two schools have come together to put on Charity Week.

“We’re excited to begin this long tradition with the Grosse Pointes,” Harris said.

“I’m really excited. I haven’t had a chance to do an event like this before,” Kuhnlein said. “I think it will be successful.”

One event the South students look forward to is the Mr. Blue Devils pageant scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the school’s auditorium, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd. in Grosse Pointe Farms. The event, which Kuhnlein said includes a lip sync contest, is similar to that of a beauty pageant.

“It’s a silly pageant,” Harris said, adding that admission costs $5 per person.

The I Love Lucy Fund was created in 2013 by the Loch family on behalf of their daughter, Lucy. In early February 2013, Lucy Loch, then 14, was diagnosed with Stage 3B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Loch, a South High School graduate, underwent treatment at the Meade Unit and has been in remission for about four years. Now 19, she is a student at the University of Michigan.
At the time of her diagnosis five years ago, Lucy Loch was a member of the local Omni Volleyball Club. A volleyball tournament was held at Brownell Middle School in Grosse Pointe Farms to help the Loch family with medical expenses, but since insurance covered her treatments, the money raised was used to create the I Love Lucy Fund. It has been helping families ever since.
Loch’s sister, Clare, a sophomore at North, is among the many students working to put on Charity Week. There are four children in the Loch Family — two girls and two boys — and Clare described Lucy as “her best friend.”
“She’s just really happy and healthy. I’m just thankful she is better,” said Clare Loch, adding that the students have worked hard to host Charity Week. “We’re really excited and we’re hoping people will participate in everything.”
She said it was “really heartwarming, especially to my parents” when people reached out to the family while Lucy Loch was undergoing treatment.
Another highlight of Charity Week will occur when the girls varsity basketball teams from North and South square off at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at North, 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. At halftime, the student association members plan to reveal how much money was raised for the I Love Lucy Fund.