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Fundraiser held for Children's Miracle Network

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(03/28/12) - The countdown is on for the Children's Miracle Network telethon. It's the first weekend in June and fundraising efforts are already underway. Wednesday, a group of students from Grand Blanc raised money in a unique way.

Dalynn Murphy's first grade students had the chance to raise money for any charity they wanted, but they chose Children's Miracle Network.

"We put some charities up there and they decided which charity they wanted to go with," Murphy said.

In order to raise the money, the students transformed their classroom into a restaurant. They named their restaurant "D-Town Café" and created a sports-like atmosphere. The jerseys of legendary Detroit athletes hug on the wall and the students, or "wait staff", wore jerseys themselves.

They made professional menus, practiced waiting tables at home for weeks and even raised their own money by having lemonade stands.

After weeks of preparations, the big day arrived on Wednesday and they had the chance to put their new skills to use. They even had a surprise guest make a reservation at "D-Town Café". Miss Michigan, Elizabeth Wertenberger, took time out of her busy schedule to drop by. CMN after all, is close to her heart.

"I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder at age 13 and I spent the majority of my childhood in the hospital and I've devoted my year to giving back to children in similar situations," Wertenberger said.

Several of the students will present a check from the fundraiser on our air during the telethon you can see on ABC12 on June 3.

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