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Sober Grad Fundraising Kicks Into Gear
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Grill masters Kenny Taggart, left, and John Lial load the seasoned tri-tips on to the grill on Saturday morning outside El Portal Middle School, starting the process to have them ready for the Sober Grad fundraising drive-thru dinner. Marg Jackson/The Times

With a total of 185 dinners sold, the annual ‘Curbside To Go’ Sober Grad fundraising dinner was a success again this year.

Hosted on Saturday, Jan. 29, the tri-tip dinner for four was offered for $55 and the ticket price included the whole seasoned tri-tip, four baked potatoes, a bag of salad, a loaf of French bread and a two-liter bottle of soda.

After a year away from the traditional location of El Portal Middle School, the effort was able to return there this year.

Setting up shop outside the school mid-morning Saturday were barbecue volunteers John Lial and Kenny Taggart, loading the seasoned tri-tips onto the grill. Inside, a volunteer crew that included Krysten Lial, Jennifer Miller, Jackie Wentzell, Justina Percey and Tracy Gaffney prepared the bags with the various components and a group of Escalon High School seniors turned out in the afternoon to deliver the meals.

Those seniors taking part will receive some money off their ticket for the planned June 3, 2022 Sober Grad event at Escalon High School.

Workers included Soleil Gouzenne, Sebastian Snow, JP Lial, Stephen Percey, Pietro Orlando and Preston Ball.

“We had donations from the Azores Band, and several parents,” said drive-thru coordinator Renee Snow. “Funds raised help put on a successful Sober Grad night. Money is used for entertainment and prizes for the senior kids. Last year they spent $8000 on prizes alone. Because of people purchasing tickets and donations, Escalon Sober Grad can continue to put on this safe, successful night.”

Next week, look for an update on the plans for the June Sober Grad night.

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Escalon High School seniors that came out to help deliver the meals curbside to ticket holders for Saturday’s drive-thru tri-tip dinner were, from left, Stephen Percey, Preston Ball, Soleil Gouzenne, JP Lial, Pietro Orlando and Sebastian Snow. Photo Contributed