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‘Purple Bowling’ Fundraiser in Honor of Anarae Schunk Reaches Goal

Burnsville High School student Wawracz-Harms organized the fundraiser to raise awareness of domestic violence and as part of a project in her social studies class.

Anarae Schunk and Miya Wawracz-Harms. Photo courtesy of Julie Wawracz.
Anarae Schunk and Miya Wawracz-Harms. Photo courtesy of Julie Wawracz.

Originally written by Andrea Parrott

Burnsville High School student's "Purple Bowling" Fundraiser for domestic violence awareness in memory of her friend and math tutor, Anarae Schunk, has already raised met its goal of $2,800, according to the fundraising page on GoFundMe

Miya Wawracz-Harms, a junior, organized the fundraiser as part of a project in her social studies class. Proceeds from the fundraiser, minus expenses, will benefit Cornerstone, an organization working toward the prevention of domestic violence. Schunk was found dead at the end of September in Lonsdale after she was last seen on video surveillance with an ex-boyfriend later charged with murder in another incident.

The fundraiser consisted of a bowling event at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan on Dec. 22. Donors could receive a ticket for bowling for every $10 donated. Bowlers were encouraged to wear purple in support of domestic violence awareness.

Around 80 people attended the event, said Miya's mother, Jodi Wawracz. Bowlers were of all ages, from young children to older adults. Donations received on the day of the event included a donation of 20 percent of pizza sales from the event. Funds received on Dec. 22 are not yet included in the total amount raised.

Wawracz-Harms will continue to accept donations for the fundraiser on GoFundMe through Dec. 31. 

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