Guest Column: A gratitude story — How community donations brought Grad Nite to reality

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By Angela Stone and Kelly Lowrie Co-Chairs, WHS Parent Grad Nite Group Special to the Express This past Thursday was the Class of 2021’s Sober Grad Nite Celebration. We want to thank everyone who contributed to this event over the past few months and some particular people. We thought it would be fun for folks to see how important their donations were and where they were used, in this recap of Thursday evening/Friday morning’s events. At 10 p.m. on Thursday night, participants boarded buses at the Student Parking Area after having their bags/persons searched (thank you Winters PD for overseeing this process) and having their temperatures checked (thank you Phil and Andrea Barry for the use of the touchless thermometers). Once out at Morgan Ranch (so much gratitude for donating the use of your facility this difficult COVID year Baker Family), there was pizza (thank you for the generous discount, Chuck at Pizza Factory), popcorn, waters (thank you Andres and Stewart families), sodas, Poweraids and teas (thank you, Johnny at Lorenzo’s), and an amazing dessert bar (thank you, Andrea Barry and Jessica Kilkenny). Participants spent the evening/early morning eating, drinking, playing corn hole, getting their fortunes told, having caricatures drawn, getting henna tattoos, playing video games on the big inflatable screen, playing casino games, jousting, going on the obstacle course, spinning the wheel (thank you Winters Fire Department for lending your wheel) to get more tickets (thank you Mendoza family for donating tickets) to put in the ticket spinner (thank you for letting us borrow it, St. Anthony’s!), and taking pictures at the photo booth, all the while listening to music provided by DJ Troy (Gracie’s class, thanks you so much for donating the photo booth and your time and efforts for all those hours DJ Troy). After watching a very entertaining hypnotist show, the kids checked their tickets to see if they won cash, Apple Air Pods, Apple Watch or the laptop (thank you to Best Buy in Vacaville for the extremely generous discount). They also turned in their straw flags for some fun envelopes that contained $2 and $1 bills (among other things) as a special Class of ’21 memento — thank you very much to First Northern Bank for the above and beyond hookup on the $2 bills. As the event came to a close early Friday morning, the newly-minted graduates enjoyed juice (thank you again, Johnny at Lorenzo’s) and Krispy Kreme donuts (thank you, Kai DelMundo at Vacaville Krispy Kreme for donating these) and picked up their Swag Bags before boarding the buses to head back to town as the sun rose. Thank you to the Andres and Stewart families for donating and preparing the bags filled with commemorative t-shirts (shout out to Israel at Mind of My Own Clothing for the discount and for doing these on short notice), candy, Capri Suns and jerky (thanks to Yolo Land & Cattle Co.). Thank you also to Yolo Pumping for providing the “un-fun” event necessities free of delivery charge. Last, but far from least, we had two ongoing fundraisers, that really helped close the gap in the end. Thank you to Laura Ray for donating a generous portion of portrait fees to our class and also to Amber Keener for coordinating Jamba Juice discount card sales the past few months. It was kind of a (welcome) surprise to see all of the chaperones we wound up having that evening, and we are grateful to you all for taking the time (and energy) to support our Seniors one last time.

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