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Members of the men’s volleyball team volunteered this month for an annual River Forest fundraising event benefiting children’s charities.

The 18 players took part in LemonAid, a local tradition in River Forest that has been held annually since 2002 to mark the anniversary of 9/11 and raise awareness and money for organizations that serve children. In total, the event has raised over $500,000 for 24 local charities in the last 21 years.

LemonAid is run by families on the 700 block of Bonnie Brae Place in River Forest. The volleyball players helped with various tasks, including serving cotton candy and popcorn, collecting donations, dismantling displays and more.

The team has been volunteering with LemonAid for the last several years, said Interim Head Men’s Volleyball Coach Douglas Burchett.

“I think it's important for these young men to remember how important it is to help make a difference in their community,” Burchett said. “The LemonAid fundraiser raises money for an organization of their choice every year, and we are happy to be a small part in helping change other's lives. On a day we remember a tragic event that happened in our country, it's also important for our program to help try and make the world a better place.”