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Big screen TV raffle raises $5,000 for Project Graduation

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Courtesy Hometown SearsLaura Mohun, 2012 Project Graduation parent, Carly Maurer and Trent McMullen, Truckee High School senior class members, Jeff Hazel, raffle winner and Charlie Riley Truckee Hometown Sears owner gather at Truckeeand#8217;s Hometown Sears to award 2012 Grad Night Raffle Prize.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Winning this yearand#8217;s Project Graduation raffle, 12-year Truckee resident Jeff Hazel picked up his new 50-inch flat screen television from Truckee SEARS Hometown Store owner Charlie Riley. Having purchased one of 500 tickets sold supporting this yearand#8217;s Project Graduation; Hazeland#8217;s ticket was randomly picked at a Truckee High School basketball game in February as this yearand#8217;s winner.

A key part of the Project Graduation Committeeand#8217;s fund raising efforts, the annual raffle raises money for an all-night party for graduating students in the Truckee High School 2012 class. The evening for the graduates includes dinner and food for the entire night, fun entertainment, and an environment to celebrate their high school graduation that does not involve alcohol, drugs or driving.

Hazel, a frequent volunteer helping with Truckee High School athletics invited the help of Truckee High School seniors and basketball team members Carly Maurer and Trent McMullen to load the television for its short trip to its new home in Hazeland#8217;s living room.

The 50-inch Panasonic TV donated by Charlie and Nancy Riley, owners of the Truckee Hometown Sears Store, marked the third year the Rileys have supported the Project Graduation Committeeand#8217;s fundraising efforts. During the three-year period, large screen TV donations have raised $15,000 for Project Graduation events through yearly raffles.

and#8220;With the private donation of a high value raffle prize each yearand#8217;s Project Graduation Committee is able to apply the $5,000 in ticket sales directly to the evening event,and#8221; said Riley. Strong supporters of Project Graduation, the Rileys feel the yearly event is important to celebrating the accomplishments of the Truckee High School senior class while making sure the graduating class celebration is safe and positive.

and#8220;High school graduation is a tremendous milestone. Creating a fun, safe, evening for the students is invaluable,and#8221; said Riley.

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Each year parents of Truckee High School senior class work to provide graduating seniors with a safe, sober and supervised graduation night experience. For the past 20 years, Truckee High Schooland#8217;s Project Graduation has provided Truckee High School graduates a safe and fun celebration. The Grad Night Parents are quite proud of achieving a perfect 20-year safety record.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com