High School graduation is just about two months away … and now is the time to get ready for the annual Sober Grad Night event put on for graduating seniors.
Organizers said there are many “things to start buying” to help with the effort, including hats, boxer shorts and T-shirts for the favorite Boxer Bingo, in sizes medium to XXL for boxers, medium to 3X for T-shirts; $5 and $10 gift cards for giveaway to students, especially to fast food restaurants and for discount stores like WalMart and Target.
Also needed are monetary donations or gift cards for the food committee to purchase food for the evening, cards from Costco, MarVal, SaveMart and Walmart are helpful, in addition to donations of small Gatorade and small water bottles.
A big change for the committee this year, said co-organizer Debbie Leal, is having to put on the event in a new venue. The main gym at the high school, which has hosted the party for years, will be closed for renovation/upgrading work at that time so the main site for the all-night Sober Gard party will be in the Cafeteria/Performing Arts Center. The adjacent tennis courts will still be utilized as well, as they have in the past for the laser tag, mechanical bull, obstacle course, bungee events and more.
Every graduate attending the Sober Grad party goes home with at least one prize and the goal of the event is to give students a chance to safely celebrate their final night of high school together with classmates.
Volunteers are needed to work the actual event as well, with set up scheduled on Thursday, June 1 starting at 8:30 a.m. for decorating in the Performing Arts Center.
On Friday, June 2, the decorating will continue, this time focusing on the cafeteria, and then there are shifts during the Sober Grad night. The first shift comes in at about 9:45 p.m. and is done at midnight; second shift runs from about 11:30 p.m. to about 2 a.m. and additional help is sought between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. to start the clean up.
Because of the different location and layout this year, organizers said they will need some extra volunteers to monitor the portable fences that will be in place to make sure that no unauthorized person enters the site and that students don’t leave.
For more information or to get involved, contact Debbie Leal at 209-639-2513 or Tammy Alcantor at 209-480-3728.