GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - A local cheerleading trip to a national competition is in jeopardy after funds were reportedly stolen.
The group based out of Grand Haven was hoping to make it back to the national competition in Las Vegas next month to hold on to their title as national champions.
"Our team went to nationals last year in Myrtle Beach and took first place," parent, Jennifer Melvin, said.
The team of 20 have spent the last six months raising thousands of dollars for the trip to the cheer competition in Las Vegas.
"We've done many can drives, but we've also done car washes, and fundraisers," cheerleader, Sydney Bruischart, said.
Last week the parents of the cheer team learned $2,800 from two fundraising events was stolen.
"This money is very important, it's tough," Melvin said.
"Some of these girls without this money? They might not get to go," another parent added.
But the parents are determined to not let all this hard work go to waste. The group took to social media, asking for any and all donations to keep this dream and their spirits.
"Why should we deny these girls something that they love and have worked so hard for? Its like you go into work and not getting paid for it, we ought to let them have their dream," Melvin said.
"It would mean a lot because we've been working so hard on it," Bruischart added.
So where did the money go? The national organization the group is affiliated with says it was not a staff member who took it.
At this point, the parents say they don't want to focus on an investigation at the moment, but rather the fundraising efforts.
A fundraising car wash is scheduled for this Saturday June 3 in Grand Haven right next to the Secretary of the State's Office on Robbins Road.
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