Tucson students dress down to raise money

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- There have been several fundraisers to help the victims of the tragedy on January 8.

Wednesday, a Salpointe Catholic High School junior joined in to help out by convincing administrators to let her classmates go casual.

It wasn't your typical day at Salpointe Catholic High School. The usual uniforms were gone for the most part and instead many students wore jeans and t-shirts.

"Everyone loved it.  It's always fun when we get to," said Junior Carly Cutshaw.

Carly organized the "Together We Thrive" dress down day.

"I was deeply affected by what happened.  I felt hopeless, and so with that I did what I could only think of doing, doing a fundraiser," said Carly.

To patricipate students donated a dollar to the victims fund, in exchange they got to wear more casual clothes, but it wasn't just for the students.

"Business are invited to encourage their employees to dress down for a day and in exchange employees donate a dollar to the fund," said Carly.

One of the many companies that contributed was air methods, parent company of LifeNet helicopters, which transported many victims of the January 8 shootings.

"We were working.  We were put on standby while they declared the scene safe, they ended up bringing the patient to us, directly to the helicopter and we were on the ground a couple of minutes as soon as we got the patient," said Life Net Nurse Medic Jennifer Atchley.

Jennifer Atchley and the rest of the LifeNet crew decided to give Cutshaw a lok at the UMC heli-pad to thank her for her efforts.

"I think its a great thing for someone of her age to have that much strength and ambition and I think it's fabulous and a great thing for our community," said Atchley.

A great thing that makes a mother extremely proud.

"Its been a lot of work and she has learned a lot and I think she's done some good, so every mom would be proud of that wouldn't they," said Colleen Cutshaw.

Not only did Cutshaw's effort to get the community involved with the fundraiser take off, she did too, with a surprise helicopter ride courtesy of the LifeNet crew.