Sunday, March 29, 2015

It took a village to create Davis’ Grad Night

By Solveig Monson

As we wrap up the final details and pack away the decorations and activity boxes for another year, I want to take a minute to express my sincere gratitude to all those who made Grad Night 2014, the 30th annual Davis Grad Night, an enormously successful event for our graduating seniors.

More than 75 individuals were involved in some capacity from October to June to plan and organize this year’s event. From the 12 teams of decorators who transformed Emerson Junior High School into different Time Machine destinations whose creativity is unbelievable; the storage and inventory managers who unpacked and packed our storage units over and over again; the graphic designer who created an awesome event logo for the passports and T-shirts; the check-in and security teams who managed the flow of students and kept the venue safe all night; the hospitality teams that kept all volunteers hydrated and well-fed; the activity teams who ran the casino and all the many activities for students to enjoy all night long; the logistics and set-up team who managed to get everything to Emerson on time and in one piece; to the cleanup teams who worked for hours to pack it all away … thank you so much for your time and talents to make Grad Night 2014 a success!

For those individuals who said “yes” last August when I called for your help to take critical leadership and planning roles — Diana Wilkinson and Kimberley Miller, the decorating co-chairs; Andrea Weiss and Regina Rosenzweig, the ticket sales co-chairs; Meera Klein and Gerrit Michael, the activities co-chairs; Sandy Strong, the treasurer; and Amy Slavich, the data manager and webmaster — you were there from the beginning. Your support and commitment was so appreciated and I can’t thank you enough for saying “yes” every time I called!

Deep thanks and appreciation go to Lori Schilling-Davis, the volunteer coordinator, who filled more than 260 shifts with parents and community volunteers to work from Thursday set-up through Saturday cleanup. You never let up until all shifts were filled and you did it all with grace and good humor!

In 2014, more than $20,000 in monetary contributions, in-kind services, food and other products and raffle prizes were raised in support of Grad Night from individuals and the enormously generous local business community. Not only do these resources help us put on an amazing event, they allow Grad Night to be sustained well into the future.

I want to thank the fundraising team, led by Katie Howard; the raffle team of Kristi Gladding and Karen Sprague; and the food team, led by Theresa Forni and Ellen Hootman. Together with support from the thank-you team, led by Susan Osfeld and Louise Walker, and the publicity coordinator, Roberta Kuhlman, they all worked tirelessly to solicit and collect donations, food and prizes and ensure that Grad Night was once again a complete community effort.

A special thanks is also due The Davis Enterprise for helping to publicize this wonderful community event with articles, photos, letters and other helpful support along the way.

Finally, to the Grad Night Inc. board of directors — thank you so much for your guidance and good advice throughout this past year. And, to my husband Val Dolcini and son Valente Dolcini — a newly minted high school grad — thank you for allowing the dining room to become my Grad Night office and for your patience and support. I could not have done this without you!

Someone famous once said that “it takes a village …” Truer words were never spoken when it comes to putting on Grad Night for the graduates from our four different high school programs. Thanks to all and to the “village” of Davis for your continuing support of this safe and sober celebration!

— Solveig Monson chaired the 2014 Davis Grad Night celebration.



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