Fundraising under way for Project Graduation |

Fundraising under way for Project Graduation

Will Grandbois

Fundraising is under way for Project Graduation, a series of local school-sanctioned after-graduation events designed to discourage private parties and drunken driving.

“They say that graduation and prom night are the two deadliest nights of the year,” organizer Paul Carlson said before last year’s event. “My goal is to keep people safe.”

Carlson, a Glenwood Springs High graduate himself, founded the event nearly 30 years ago, and it has since spread to Carbondale, Basalt and Eagle Valley.

It typically takes anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 in donations to throw a party that will lure teens away from their friend’s kegger.

In Glenwood, drop off or mail donations to Glenwood Springs High School with “Project Graduation” in the memo line. To volunteer, contact Carlson, 970-945-1002.

This year, he could use some extra help the night of the event, since he’s expecting his first grandchild the same week. Long term, he hopes someone new will step up to spearhead the project, though he’d like to remain involved.

In Carbondale, make checks payable to RFHS Project Graduation c/o Cathy Derby, PO Box 1053, or call 970-309-8193 for more information.

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