WIESBADEN, Germany — A final count is still pending, but last weekend’s scholarship fundraiser at Wiesbaden High School raised more than $12,000, according to the community’s school liaison officer.

Modeled after a similar effort in Baumholder, Wiesbaden’s “Big Bucks for College” event drew hundreds of people willing to dunk, jail or throw a pie in the face of a community VIP. It also afforded them a chance to put some dollars in the pockets of high school seniors seeking additional education.

In 2007, the inaugural year, 38 seniors each received a $500 scholarship, said Peter Witmer, the Wiesbaden school liaison officer.

That effort, which included multiple fund-raising events, generated about $19,000.

Witmer said this year’s effort included just the one event, held May 3. Gate receipts exceeded last year’s tally, but, overall, there will be less money raised due to the departure of one unit and the deployment of another.

Aside from the dunking tank, fake jail and pie toss, there were a variety of activities, from a basketball tournament to a cake walk.

“We had something at every corner of the school,” Witmer said.

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