Project Graduate benefit sold out

Friday, March 13, 2009

Although dinner tickets are sold out for the fourth annual "Luck O' the Irish" prime rib dinner and raffle, someone will go home from Saturday's event $10,000 richer.

The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall High School gymnasium. Those unable to attend the sit-down dinner may pick up their meals beginning at 5 p.m. Organizers remind attendees that doors will not open until 6:30 p.m.

New at this year's event will be a guest emcee, morning show meteorologist Don Harman, from WDAF TV Fox4 news. He will be drawing and reading out ticket numbers, although winners need not be present at the event.

The raffle is organized so that about every tenth ticket drawn will win some sort of prize. Prizes include cash donated from various businesses and individuals, gift certificates, as well as Chamber bucks and a guided tour of the Fox4 television news studios in Kansas City.

"We sold out faster this year that we ever have," said Mary Keller, co-chair for Luck O' the Irish. "We are so grateful for all the community support on this and for the hard work of all the parents who helped sell tickets and get the word out about this fun evening."

Proceeds from Luck O' the Irish benefit a drug- and alcohol-free all-night party thrown on graduation night for Marshall High School seniors.

"Every year in the spring you hear about tragedies involving drinking and driving and our young people," said Suzann Hayes, event co-chair. "If we can keep just one accident from happening, then we have done our job. We hope to make Project Graduation an event all our Seniors will never forget."

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