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Sober Grad Planners Kick Into High Gear

Less than three weeks remain before the Escalon High School graduation for the Class of 2016, and organizers of the annual Sober Grad Night are looking for some last minute help.

Meeting for their final session prior to the event, organizers gathered at Pizza Plus in Escalon on May 11 and outlined some of the items they still need to put on the grad night party for seniors.

“We need gift cards, like $5 and $10 cards, to anywhere,” noted Debbie Leal, one of the organizers, with Starbucks and fast food cards the most popular. “We could also use gift cards in larger amounts for stores like Safeway and Costco so we can purchase food for that night.”

There is also a need for small (8-ounce) water bottles for the kids to drink that night as well as the smaller size Gatorades.

Goal of the Sober Grad Night is to give graduating seniors a safe, fun, sober environment to spend their final night of high school together. They have their graduation earlier in the evening, have time to spend with family afterward, then come back to the high school for the all-night party.

A variety of casino games, henna tattoos, Boxer Bingo, music, volleyball, ping pong inside, inflatables and other games outside on the tennis courts, and more are offered for the seniors. The all-inclusive ticket price also covers food, beverages and gets the seniors tickets for a wide range of prizes.

Leal said they make sure everyone goes home with some type of prize.

Organizers also said that the Senior Class for this year made a donation to the effort, which will help purchase additional prizes, increasing the number available for drawings.

“They also are refurbishing the arches they pass through for graduation, as part of their gift to the school,” Leal said.

The party typically draws the majority of the senior class and the main gym at the high school is turned in to a special-themed room for the night.

Volunteers are always needed for the decorating, which will run Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We do need volunteers for the second shift,” Leal said of getting people to cover a variety of jobs at the Sober Grad Night from 11:45 p.m. to 2 a.m. “We could also use people to come in and help clean up, either from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. or 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.”

The party lasts until the early morning hours, typically wrapping up with a hypnotist program that allows for some clean up prior to the end of the actual event.