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Michael Fawley rented out his grandfather's lot during the celebration to raise money to support himself when he goes to the University of Illinois in the fall. 

A recent local high school graduate used Celebration as a fundraising event to support his college fund. Michael Fawley, a graduate of Maroa-Forsyth High School, will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall.

“We’re just raising money mostly spending money for college because everything else is going to tuition — which is insane,” said Fawley, who plans to study chemical engineering. 

His younger siblings and other family members were out signaling to cars in orange and blue, the university's colors. Fawley is following in the University of Illinois tradition of his parents, who are both alumni.

“It’s close, so I’ll get free groceries,” he said.

His girlfriend Alexa Hoffman helped at the event too, and she will attend the University of Illinois in the fall as well to study biology.

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