Project Graduation big screen TV raffle raises $5,000 toward 2011 graduation event |

Project Graduation big screen TV raffle raises $5,000 toward 2011 graduation event

Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comDavid and Beth Miller pick up their new 50-inch TV at Truckee Hometown SEARS Store. From left: Lee Shontz, Pati Johnson, Michelle Reed of Project Graduation (and parents of 2011 graduating seniors), join Charlie Riley and Mike Lathbury, Truckee business owners, to congratulate winners David and Beth Miller.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The 2011 Truckee High School Project Graduation Committee announced raising $5,000 with this yearand#8217;s Project Graduation raffle fundraiser which ended with a climatic drawing of the winning ticket at the annual Truckee High School Senior Fashion Show May 1.

Holding the winning ticket out of the 500 tickets sold, 30-year Truckee locals David and Beth Miller picked up their new 50-inch, high definition flat screen television. The television was donated by Charlie Riley, owner of the Truckee Hometown Sears Store and Mike Lathbury, owner of Truckee Pizza, neighboring businesses in West Truckeeand#8217;s Citizenand#8217;s Bank Plaza.

With the donation of a high value raffle prize the committee was able to apply the $5,000 in ticket sales directly to the evening event.

The raffle and fashion show are key efforts by the Project Graduation committee to raise money to help fund an all-night party for the students in the Truckee High School graduating class. The evening includes dinner and food for the entire night, taking the graduates to a secret location, arranging fun entertainment until wee hours of the morning, and creating an environment in which to celebrate their high school graduation in a fun and safe setting that does not involve alcohol, drugs or driving.

Strong supporters of Project Graduation the last two years, with large screen TV donations each year, Riley and Lathbury feel this event is important to celebrating the accomplishments of the Truckee High School senior class. They are also concerned the graduating class celebration is a safe and positive event.

and#8220;High School graduation is a tremendous milestone for the Truckee senior class each year. Creating a fun, safe, evening for the students is invaluable,and#8221; said Riley.

and#8220;How better to support the community than by helping to provide the students with a fantastic evening, and their parents the peace of mind that those graduates will be safe celebrating a close to their high school years?and#8221; said Lathbury.

Traffic accidents are the number one killer of teens. Graduation night throughout the United States is one of the most deadly nights due to the pressure to consume alcohol and drugs. Project Graduation is an organization of Truckee parents dedicated to providing graduating seniors with a safe, sober and supervised graduation night. For the past 19 years, Project Graduation has provided Truckee High School graduates a safe and sober night to keep new grads alive and well. and#8220;Not one student over that period of time has been killed or injured during the graduation festivities. This is a record we are extremely proud of and must continue,and#8221; said Pati Johnson of the 2011 Project Graduation Committee.

In order to host this yearand#8217;s graduation party for the students, the parents involved in the 2011 Project Graduation anticipate it will cost at least $30,000. The yearand#8217;s fundraising efforts include the TV raffle, donations from other businesses, participation in the eScrip shopping program associated with Safeway and the annual Senior Fashion Show.

It is not too late to make a donation or to volunteer. For information, contact Lee Shontz at or Pati Johnson at

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