Four seniors to win $500 prizes at ‘Project Grad’

Four lucky McCulloch County high schoolers who can party until 4 a.m. will wake up Saturday $500 richer. Project Graduation, the annual commencement night party for McCulloch County seniors and their guests, is nearing the final preparation stages as organizers begin to decorate for the big event. This year, the grand prize award of $500 cash has been quadrupled to give students extra incentive to stay and enjoy the party. Scheduled from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday in the main hangar at Curtis Field, the alcohol-free, drug-free party is designed to give students in the area an alternative way to enjoy graduation. Event co-chairs Sherri Behrens and Julie Ledezma have been organizing the fund-raising, committees and subcommittees since school began last August. The cost to produce this annual event usually exceeds $14,000. Games, food and prizes will be available throughout the evening, all free of charge to high school seniors and their guests. “Each senior is allowed to invite up to three guests,” said Mrs. Ledezma. “The only stipulation is that the guest must not be more than one year out of high school.” Parents and volunteers began the final preparations this week and have been working each evening putting wall decorations on the hangar to ultimately change the entire appearance of the hangar. “We have been working a little each night and we begin our major setup on Friday,” said Mrs. Ledezma. “If anyone can volunteer some time to help set up, all they have to do is show up at the hangar anytime Friday. We hope to have enough help to get things up and completely ready by 3 p.m.” Donations of food, especially finger foods, are still being accepted and can be dropped off at the Brady National Bank Community Room from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Cash donations are also encouraged and they may be given to either Liz Allen or Mrs. Ledezma inside Brady National Bank. “This year’s event is going to cost almost $15,000 and we are spending every penny of it,” said Mrs. Ledezma. “One of the biggest games or attractions that will be there is a mechanical bull for the kids to ride that is being provided by Jason Jacoby. The only thing is, if kids want to ride the bull, they must have a permission slip signed by their parents allowing them to ride. The permission slips were handed out at school and should have already been returned.” Parent volunteers are still needed to man the late shift and run many of the game booths. Diane Mays is coordinating the chaperones and is looking for night owls who can man a booth or casino game from 1-4 a.m. The grand prizes will be awarded at 4 a.m. and students must be present to win. With $2,000 cash up for grabs, it is highly likely that many of the students will stick around for their chance at the big prize. For any additional information or to volunteer, contact Julie Ledezma at 597-2104.

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