PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The KD Turkey Fund is underway, and no one fought for the Turkey Fund quite like our late colleague, Yvonne Zanos; except maybe her kids and grandkids.

When the noon bell rang at Lincoln Elementary School in Mount Lebanon, students knew their half day of school would be over.

They also knew it would be time for the biggest sale of the year and the kick-off for a great cause.

There were tables of cupcakes, cookies, brownies and other sweet treats, and right in the middle of it all, a picture of our late friend, Yvonne Zanos.

Her personality and generous heart could light up a room.

Yvonne died of ovarian cancer in 2010, but her spirit lives on through her family who called her LaLa.

“It’s just a great way to remember her and to carry on what she was so passionate about, helping people who are less fortunate,” Zanos’ daughter Niki Conaway says.

Since Zanos’ death, her daughters and granddaughters have held LaLa’s Lemonade and Bake Sale in front of the girl’s elementary school.

Lincoln Elementary Principal Dr. Mary Beth Irvin is proud of her students.

“I think it’s a great opportunity. It kicks off a penny drive that we do. We collect change until the end of the Turkey Fund. PNC matches our donation. We always have a pretty generous donation and we are proud of that,” she says.

The kids at Lincoln Elementary should be, too.

In the past four years, they have raised more than $20,000 for the Turkey Fund.

Friday’s total was $405 in 18 minutes.

Zanos’ three granddaughters, Nora Conaway, Tess Conaway and Lily Kane, put it best.

The girls say their grandmother cared about so many people, they feel they should carry on the tradition for her.

The girls say they feel like Zanos is with them when they do the bake sale.

You can donate to the KD Turkey Fund at any PNC Bank and they’ll match donations of $50 or more.

You can also send a check to P.O. Box Thanks, Pittsburgh 15230.

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