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Montana schools raise $28K for Havre 1-year old Finnley Grace Foster

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At a benefit auction held at the Sting Sports Bar in Great Falls, Conrad High School principal Ken Larson, who spearheaded the “wear a cap” fundraiser, presented a check for $28,371 to a speechless Foster family. At a benefit auction held at the Sting Sports Bar in Great Falls, Conrad High School principal Ken Larson, who spearheaded the “wear a cap” fundraiser, presented a check for $28,371 to a speechless Foster family.
GREAT FALLS -

What started as a simple fundraiser to help a family in need quickly became something more.

During the month of March, students at 73 schools across Montana paid $1 to wear a hat and support 1-year-old Finnley Grace Foster from Havre in her fight with a rare immune deficiency condition. 

Those dollars added up - and on Friday night at a benefit auction held at the Sting Sports Bar in Great Falls, Conrad High School principal Ken Larson, who spearheaded the “wear a cap” fundraiser, presented a check for $28,371 to a speechless Foster family.

Finnley’s father Pat Foster - a well-known referee from Havre - was blown away by the willingness of complete strangers to open up their hearts and their wallets to help one little girl on the Hi-Line. 

“We don’t even know the people here at all,” Pat said as he glanced around a packed room. “So it’s an amazing thing to see. It’s just the Montana way. Something like that for a little baby girl, it’s pretty special.”

When Larson learned of the Foster family’s struggle in February he sent an e-mail to principals across the state expecting a small response and maybe $500-600. But one by one, schools jumped on board to help one of Montana’s own.

“Every day I would open up the checks, letters from little dinky schools,” said Larson. “Some schools still send cash. One school had an envelope with a dime taped on it. A little girl picked up a dime in her playground and said, ‘I want to give this to the little sick girl.' Stuff like that throughout the state made me feel awesome. It was so rewarding.”

The Foster family will use the funds for medical and travel expenses, including a trip to Seattle Children’s Hospital on Monday where they hope to learn more about how to treat Finnley’s very rare form of Severe Combined immunodeficiency. 

PREVIOUSLY: Montana schools hosting 'Wear a Cap Day' to benefit Havre referee's daughter

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