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An event that began with soggy police officers culminated with barely a dry eye in the place Thursday night at Vinton-Shellburg High School.

The Courage for Carly - Teaching Cancer A Lesson benefit for Vinton-Shellsburg kindergarten teacher Carly Meyer filled the high school cafeteria and Garrison Fieldhouse for the event. Totals for the night weren’t available as of Friday morning, however it looked to be a success.

Carly was diagnosed with leukemia last month, and is currently at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City after an aggressive round of chemotherapy.

The event included a dunk tank outside the building that was staffed by members of the Vinton Police Department. Carly’s husband Wes Meyer is a VPD officer and his partners were more than willing to help out. As that was going on, the members of both the Vinton-Shellsburg and Benton Community volleyball teams came together to pose — all wearing “Courage For Carly” t-shirts -- for a picture with the Pink Heals Engine 91 fire truck.

Inside, silent auction had event-goers bidding against each other, sometimes in “heated” competition. At one point, three V-S administrators were bidding on a hand-painted canvas with the “VS” logo and while we won’t reveal the price, it will look nice on the wall of the middle school principal’s office.

Just before the varsity volleyball teams came out to warm-up, event organizers thanked the huge crowd in the Fieldhouse before an emotional Wes Meyer took the microphone. He thanked everyone for the outpouring of support that had been given since Carly’s diagnosis, saying they were blown away by it all. Then gave a shout out to Vikette and Bobcat volleyball fans alike.

“I know there are two teams here tonight,” he said. “But I’d like to ask you all tonight to be members of Team Carly!”

Then, as the lights went down, Carly Meyer appeared on the Fieldhouse wall, live via video chat from her hospital room in Iowa City. With a big smile she thanked the crowd for their support.

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