42STRONG benefits Fort Dodge community
Family of Alli Huss created event in her memory
Before her death at the all too young age of 18, Alli Huss made an impact on and off the basketball court.
Her family and friends have just made another big impact in her memory that will support local schools and other organizations.
Huss scored 1,012 points on the basketball court for the St. Edmond Gaels, becoming just the fourth 1,000 point scorer in the hsitory of five-on-five girls basketball at St. Edmond. She also played volleyball. She was named the 2014 Carol Donnelly Award winner as the best female senior student-athlete at St. Edmond.
That same year, she was diagnosed with cancer. She died in 2015.
In 2016, her family started the 42STRONG golf tournament. The tournament’s name was chosen because Huss wore No. 42 on the basketball team.
Last week, the fifth and final 42STRONG tournament was held. It produced impressive benefits for the community.
After the last round of golf was played, organizers made the following awards:
• $42,000 to St. Edmond
• $25,000 to the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation
• $3,000 to the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to pay for a future project to be done in Huss’ name
• $1,000 to the Fort Dodge Police Foundation in memory of former Police Chief Kevin Doty and Steve Springer, a member of the Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education
If that wasn’t enough, the group also awarded scholarships to two members of the graduating class of 2020. The scholarships went to Cambrie McBride, of St. Edmond High School, and Brycen Bell, of Fort Dodge Senior High School.
”It’s been a blessing – something we’re all proud of – being able to raise over $80,000 for the community in her name,” said B.J. Huss, one of Huss’ uncles.
The Huss family turned their tragedy into something that benefitted many people, which says great things about their character and values. People like the Huss family continue to make Fort Dodge a special place.