Putting on its final formal fundraiser of the school year, the Escalon Sober Grad committee served up its popular “Curbside to Go” tri tip dinner on Saturday.
Motorists pulled up to the curb in the parking lot outside El Portal Middle School on First Street and volunteer workers delivered the meal to their car. There were some diners coming in without tickets and they were able to purchase them there, the $35 cost providing a full meal for four that included a whole barbecued tri tip, four baked potatoes, a bag of salad, a loaf of French bread and a two-liter bottle of soda.
Among those helping out at the event were several Escalon High School seniors, who will be the direct beneficiaries of the fundraiser, since it helps provide for the graduation night Sober Grad party.
“We ended up selling 190 tickets this year and we usually are around 220, so it was down a little,” said Sober Grad committee member Tammy Alcantor.
The event was still successful, and having seniors there to help was a bonus, added committee member Debbie Leal.
“I think it’s great that we’ve gotten them involved, next year we might even be able to get them to sell tickets and give them money off their ticket to Sober Grad for every dinner ticket they sell. That would benefit everyone.”
The next meeting of the Sober Grad committee is set for Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Pizza Plus and anyone interested in learning more about the graduation night party is welcome to attend and bring their ideas. With the majority of the fundraising done, the next steps will be to plan a theme and start working on decorations, along with getting volunteers lined up for the night of the event in June.
“It will be around the corner before you know it,” said Alcantor.
A fall Bunco Bash also helped to raise funds for Sober Grad and organizers are always looking for donations of items to give away the night of the event, as well as financial donations to help defray costs for putting on the party.
Along with the senior helpers, several parent volunteers and underclassmen staffed the event, which ran from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.