Saturday auction to help provide lasting memories for YHS grads

$15K goal to benefit YHS Project Graduation celebration

Volunteer “extraordinaire” Heather Murphy prepares a gift basket for this Saturday’s annual Yukon Project Graduation auction/dinner at Yukon High School, 1777 S Yukon Parkway. Murphy has a senior graduating this year. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

Yukon High School parents in charge of Yukon’s graduation-night celebration have a lofty goal – to raise nearly $15,000 – for an annual benefit this Saturday that will help make lasting memories for the YHS Class of 2020.

Yukon Project Graduation’s 2020 auction/dinner will be 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the YHS cafeteria, 1777 S Yukon Parkway.

A catered BBQ dinner and silent auction will kick things off at 6 p.m. with a live auction by Bob Mallam starting around 7 p.m. A dessert auction will feature an array of yummy treats.

“We’ve received donation items or cash donations from over 100 companies or individuals,” said Janet Bell, president of the Yukon Project Graduation committee. “We have such an amazing variety and encourage all of Yukon to attend.”

The auction list is both long and impressive.

Among popular auction items will be reserved seats at YHS commencement and naming rights (for one year) to streets on the YHS campus.

Volunteer “extraordinaire” Heather Murphy prepares a gift basket for this Saturday’s annual Yukon Project Graduation auction/dinner at Yukon High School, 1777 S Yukon Parkway. Murphy has a senior graduating this year. (Photo provided)

Other featured items are: Artwork signed by OU Sooners coach Lincoln Riley and OSU Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, photography sessions, auto detailing, carpet cleaning, OU and OSU swag, signed 2019 Oklahoma City Thunder basketball, year-long family fun passes for four to 14 OKC attractions, spray tans, hair and nail services, home décor, garden planters, patio bench, and auto glass repair.

Also, car color wrap, driver’s education course, college tuition waivers, prom packages, tools, athletic equipment, gym memberships, restaurant and hotel gift certificates, movie passes, cleaning services, pet grooming and supplies, skincare and make-up, and kitchen supplies.

The Yukon Project Graduation parent committee appreciates the public’s generosity to help make Saturday night’s event a rousing success.

“It proves the value of what we’re doing,” Bell said. “The community is in support of this organization and all of the efforts that go into it.”

Project Graduation is Yukon’s commencement-night celebration for the high school’s senior class. The event began in 1991 to provide a safe alternative party for members of the YHS graduating class.

This year’s overnight “big event” will be in May at Redlands Community College in El Reno. An estimated 85-90 percent of the YHS Class of 2020 is expected to attend the drug- and alcohol-free celebration, which follows the commencement ceremony at the State Fair Park Arena.

Here is just one of many gift baskets filled with valuable items that will be sold to the highest bidders during Saturday’s Yukon Project Graduation auction/dinner. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (Photo provided)

Yukon’s newly minted graduates will participate in fun activities – including a casino and midway – as they spend one final evening together before heading off to college and career.

The Yukon Project Graduation committee must collect tens of thousands of dollars each year to present the activities and prizes at the graduation night event for YHS graduates. The auction/dinner has proven to be most lucrative.

“This is our largest single fund-raiser,” Bell said. “We raised between $13,000 and $14,000 last year – that was up slightly from the year before – so we’d like to increase that again to get closer to $15,000.

“The community has been really good about jumping in and supporting us – not just monetarily but with various donations for the auction itself. We’re very thankful for that.”

Tickets to this Saturday’s Yukon Project Graduation auction/dinner are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Everyone is welcome, not just high school families.

All YHS parents are encouraged to participate in this and other Project Graduation activities – including next month’s annual Potato Bar at the Yukon Masonic Lodge.

Yukon Project Graduation officers are President Janet Bell, Vice President Janet Harris, Treasurer Nicole Flow and Secretary Rebecca Bagley.
Bell and Flow have juniors at YHS, Bagley has a junior and a senior and Janet Harris has a freshman and a senior.

For more information, visit the Yukon High School Project Graduation 2020 Facebook page or email
Bell may be reached by calling or texting (405) 823-9078.