Staff Report

The committee planning this year’s Safe and Sober Grad Night at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is seeking volunteers and donations to make the annual event successful.

Donations of money, prizes, refreshments and scholarships (for students who can’t afford the $60 cost) are welcome.

Volunteers are needed to decorate, organize prizes, chaperone at the event, and handle many other details.

The two highest-risk nights for high school students are prom and graduation nights. Across the nation, Grad Night parties are provided by groups of committed parents and other adults to give their high school graduates a safe, sober and fun graduation celebration.

Grad Nights are intended to provide an event that is safe, sober, and fun in atmosphere free of drugs and alcohol.

Graduates get a night to remember, in safety, on potentially one of the most dangerous nights of their lives. They also get to celebrate with their classmates, perhaps for the last time.

Safe and Sober Grad Night has taken place at SYHS for more than 20 years. It starts at 9:30 p.m. on the night of graduation and continues through 5 a.m. in the school’s Old Gym and environs.

Activities include outdoor games, a magician, DJ, caricature artist, henna tattoo artist, hypnotist, blackjack casino tournament, music, food, prizes, photo booth, outdoor movie and others.

Donation checks can be mailed to SYVHS PTSA at P.O. Box 926, Santa Ynez, 93460. Donations or prizes can be left with Terry Westfall in her office at the high school. Donation forms and letters can be received from Fred Luna at

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