Decorating committee member Paige Brinoni works on one of the paintings that will be park of the ambiance.

Decorating committee member Paige Brinoni works on one of the paintings that will be park of the ambiance.

Dry Grad committee calls for help

It’s hard to believe that Dry Grad 2015 is happening on Saturday, June 6. That’s just two weeks away.

It’s hard to believe that Dry Grad 2015 is happening on Saturday, June 6. That’s just two weeks away.

The aim of the party is primarily to reduce the risk of harm to the graduates, and the community at large, on a night when that risk is unusually high.

It is an alcohol and drug free event put on by parents and community volunteers, where graduates can have the time of their lives without risking their lives — and without breaking the law.

The party features engaging activities, dancing, prizes and entertainment designed to encourage graduates to attend.

All the decorations have been made (by a small group of volunteers working many hours over the past six months) and all we need from you is just an hour of your time to help put the decorations up.

We have approximately over 200-plus graduates who are attending Dry Grad, so if we could get an hour out of every parent/grandparent/guardian, we would make short order of having the decorations in their place by the end of the day on Friday.  We will have someone there to provide guidance, direction and a photo to show how it should look when the setup is done.

All volunteers are welcome and we need all the help we can get.

Times to drop by and help at the Cariboo Memorial Complex (small arena) are: Wednesday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Friday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Our amazing Dry Grad executive committee is made up of a core group of parent and community volunteers, who do the overall planning and presentation of the party.

While students, teacher advisors, and school administrators are the primary organizers of the formal graduation ceremony, it is parents and community volunteers, who normally take on the responsibility for organizing a Dry Grad party.

For the event itself, as many as 200-plus volunteers can be required to supervise partygoers, run and organize activities, and serve food.

Fundraising plays a huge role in Dry Grad.

It takes a large budget to put on an event of this magnitude.

We have an amazing community that donates their time, services, food, money and prizes to help us achieve our goal.

One of our biggest fundraisers every year is the truck raffle.

The first prize is a 1994 Chevy Z71 Extended Cab 4×4 automatic, donated by Cariboo GM and services provided by local businesses; such as Audio Video Unlimited, Bee Jay Auto Wrecking & Towing, Canadian Tire, Fix Auto Collision, Integra Tire Auto Centre, Lake City Auto Care Mall, Schickworks Signs & Stitches, Tasco Supplies Ltd., Taylor Automotive Supplies Ltd., made it look amazing.

Second prize is a beautifully handcrafted log bench donated by Pioneer Log Homes and the third prize is a FireRight 2 stainless steel portable gas grill donated by Air & Water Home Environment Centre Inc.

The Dry Grad executive committee is asking parents, sponsors, and the community to work together to commemorate the success of the graduating students and to send them on their way in a safe and celebratory style.

By helping to plan and stage an unforgettable Dry Grad, parents and teachers give grads the opportunity to reap the rewards of responsible behaviour, and to recognize that alcohol and drugs are not essential for fun.

Please check out our website at http://wldrygrad.ca or our Facebook page:  Williams Lake Dry Grad, for up-to-date information and to volunteer in one of the many areas listed on our website.

We hope to see you there.

Thank you from the Dry Grad executive committee especially our dedicated decorating committee.

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