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Disney bound: Ottawa girl reaches goal after radio appearance

Anonymous caller buys $1,400 of cookies

Eugenia Craig, a third-grade student at Marquette Academy, won a trip to Disney World after an anonymous donor bought the last 280 of the 2,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies she needed to sell. The buyer heard her Friday on AM 1430 WCMY and 95.3 Jack FM. She is the daughter of Paul Craig and Breck DeBernardi.
Eugenia Craig, a third-grade student at Marquette Academy, won a trip to Disney World after an anonymous donor bought the last 280 of the 2,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies she needed to sell. The buyer heard her Friday on AM 1430 WCMY and 95.3 Jack FM. She is the daughter of Paul Craig and Breck DeBernardi.

Eugenia Craig is going to Disney World!

And she worked her tail off to the sweet end to get there.

Eugenia, a third-grade student at Marquette Academy had signed on to buy 2,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Those who sell that many boxes get the Prize of all Prizes, a trip for two to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando Fla.

"Before we got our cookies, we went to a meeting to fill out the contract and mark how much we planned to sell," said her mother Breck DeBernardi. "We both looked at each other and said let's do the top, the 2,500, the Disney and she was like 'Yes! We're going to do this!' "

On Friday, after weeks of hauling boxes of pre-purchased cookies to storefronts, businesses, sports games and everything in between, Eugenia was just 280 boxes short of her goal.

That's when she went on the air with Jay LeSeure at WCMY AM 1410 and Shap in the Morning on 95.3 Jack FM, both stations in Ottawa, to try to whittle down the final count.

Someone who wishes to remain anonymous — an Ottawa snowbird in another part of the country was listening to LeSeure's interview through a stream, called in to the station and said they would buy a few boxes of cookies to help her reach her goal.

That "few" was all 280 of them. At $5 a box, that is $1,400.

"She was super, super excited," LeSeure said. "She said the last time she went there she was 2 and wants to ride the rides and meet Goofy."

After LeSeure's interview, Eugenia was in another studio with radio personality Shap in the Morning when she spoke to the donor on the phone.

"Oh God, if I could have had a video camera rolling. It was outstanding," Shap told The Times Friday. "She was already outside fist pumping saying 'Yes, I'm going.' "

DeBernardi said Eugenia received her cookies Feb. 2.

"She has been out selling every Friday, Saturday and Sunday," she said. "Then during the week she sold from a bag at her sister's volleyball games. She pretty much sold everyday. I work at IV Cellular and she came and walked the building herself. I didn't take them to work for her."

LeSeure said, to his knowledge, the buyer is donating the cookies to a local shelter.

And while Eugenia couldn't control her emotions when she found out Friday, her mother got a little emotional too.

"I cried. She worked very hard for this. She did. She was out there selling. She had days where she did not want to go put she pushed through it and sold," DeBernardi said. "When I talked to the person on the phone, it was just a great feeling that he saw how hard she was working. He told me I should be very proud of her."

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