MORTON, Ill. --- Morton 8th grader Brian Himmel deserves some recognition.
Brian, a student at Bethel Lutheran School, raised $8,500 for the organization "Autism Speaks in Illinois".
He presented a check to the organization at an assembly on Friday.
It was part of Brian's Making a Difference Project, a graduation requirement at his school that focuses on fundraising and community service.
Brian went above and beyond and hosted a benefit and concert for the organization. Nearly 200 people attended.
Brian said he chose organization for his cousin who has autism.
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