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Organizers rushing to save Project Graduation

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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The longstanding tradition of parents uniting to provide a safe, festive haven for seniors on graduation night is in serious jeopardy of being cancelled this year. According to organizers of Deer Park High School Project Graduation 2017, less than half of the 299 tickets for next weekend’s Senior Serve event have been sold.

Organizers for Project Graduation are seeking community support to keep Deer Park High School graduating seniors safe on graduation night. However, if more funds are not raised, organizers may be forced to cancel the traditional Project Graduation festivities and attempt to make alternative plans.

The final large fundraiser is Senior Serve, a special dinner presented by parent and DPHS senior volunteers Feb. 25.

“We need some help,” said Dana Wells, public relations coordinator for Project Graduation. “We’re trying to pull this off for the seniors so they can have a safe place to have a good time on graduation night.”

As for Senior Serve, organizers are hopeful they can host the event Feb. 25 at the South Campus Cafeteria. For $100, patrons get to two ribeye steak meals, entertainment for the evening, access to a silent auction and entry into a $10,000 drawing. The doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., catered by Ernie’s. Businesses can purchase tickets and receive a donation letter for tax purposes. 

The ticket also includes a chance at five $100 prizes and one $500 prize. For tickets or more more information, contact Dana Wells at 281-797-2799 or Jennifer Nicholson at 832-788-1611.

Project Graduation is meant to be a safe, drug- and alcohol free last hurrah for seniors. This year's all-night post-graduation festivities take place after commencement ceremonies at the South Campus.

“Graduation is one of the most exciting times in a students' life. Graduation night is one of the deadliest. Project Graduation is an all-night event aimed at keeping teens safe from alcohol and drug related accidents,” said Wells.

Should the Senior Serve event be cancelled, all tickets will be refunded to the purchaser and alternative plans could be made for a senior lock-in, possibly off-campus.

“But we really don’t want to have to do that,” Wells said. “We’re looking into other options, but (Senior Serve) is going to tell us whether or not we will have Project Graduation at the school. We’re still going to find a way for the graduates to have a fun night with their friends that’s alcohol and drug free.”

Other fundraisers have garnered approximately $30,000 of the $80,000 needed to host the event, she said.