Project Graduation seeking donors, volunteers

Graduation night: A night to remember and potentially, a night to worry about.

Graduation could be considered the most dangerous night of the year for teens who may take celebrating a bit too far. Luckily for Hood River Valley High School students, one local tradition helps keep seniors safe, sober and sharing a great night of fun.

The annual all-night event, called Project Graduation, will be hosted by parents and community donors and is planned for June 7.

According to J.R. Windsor, co-chair with Kathy McLean, donors and volunteers are already stepping forward to make the evening a success. While the theme of the evening and some of the special entertainment will be kept secret, the goals for fundraising are something the team wants the public to know about.

“We have a goal to bring in $10,000 in cash donations,” said Windsor.

“We have received $4,369 to date,” said fundraising chair Jacquie Brown Barone. Barone is also helping to locate donors for food, decorations, prizes and giveaway items for the seniors.

The organizing team is also seeking a few additional parents and adults who are willing to help with small projects ahead of time and/or provide supervision for two or three hours during the event.

For those adults who have a little more time, committees are still looking for co-chairs and pre-event task leaders. The next scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the HRVHS Commons on April 10.

Anyone wishing further information about volunteering or donating to support the project may contact Kathy McLean at 541-387-3569 or visit the Project Graduation 2013 Facebook page for updates.

Donations may be made out to Project Graduation 2013, and mailed to 1767 12th St., Ste. 178, Hood River, OR 97031.

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