Chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo and ice cream - in a shake?
They might not sound mouth-watering together, but Oak Park and River Forest High School is hoping that this blend will help bring in funds to battle cancer.
From now until Dec. 1, Potbelly Sandwich Shop will feature "The Huskie Shake" with a portion of the sales benefitting the American Cancer Society.The store is at 1100 Lake St. in Oak Park.
This is the second year that students from OPRF worked with Potbelly to create an ice cream treat with some of students' favorite things, said Courtney Sakellaris, OPRF's assistant athletic director.
This wasn't the experiment that got out the lab. Last week students went to the Lake Street shop, got different ingredients and tried different flavor combinations with supplies at the store.
"These are flavors that are popular with the kids," she said. "They got creative."
It's not colored in the Huskie traditional blue and orange, she said. Is it good? Sakellaris is taking their word for it.
This is one of two fundraising events for the society. At 6 p.m., Dec. 1 is the Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game featuring the varsity boys' teams of OPRF and Fenwick. The game is in the field house at the school 201 Scoville Ave. Admission is $5 with the proceeds going to the society.This is the second such event at the school.
Students plan to show up to the game wearing purple to show support for cancer survivors, she said. One is sure to be Danielle Villari Swets, who was diagnosed with cancer during her sophomore year at OPRF and now works for ACS. The athletics staff is working on this benefit event with Swets, a 1993 OPRF grad.
It's a starting point for students to learn how to give back and learn how to make a difference in people's lives, Sakellaris said.
"Cancer touches everyone's lives," she said. "It's something they can relate to - they might know a parent or a grandparent or a friend who's been affected. And every little bit counts toward moving forward."