Before you know it, the month of June and high school graduation will be here. And once again, parents of the Chanhassen High School graduating class are hosting a Jeans & Jerseys fundraiser to help make the event affordable for all graduating seniors.
This year's event will be 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Hazeltine National Golf Club. There will be appetizers, a cash bar, silent auction, raffle, bottle pull, heads or tails game and live entertainment. Dave Ryan, from KDWB radio, is the evening's emcee.
Jeans & Jerseys Chair Kaelin Scholle wants the community to know everyone is invited, whether or not they have a student in high school.
"Jeans & Jerseys was started as a way to build community and tradition, while at the same time raising funds for the senior party," Scholle said.
The first planning meeting for the 2019 senior graduation party began in September; at the time, no one headed the Jeans & Jerseys fundraiser.
"It seemed like a simple enough task," Scholle said, by email. "Ha ha. In all honesty, it was a bit more than I bargained for ... but I’m both thankful and thrilled to have a wonderful committee of people pitching in to help plan and organize this event."
Other members of the committee are Jen Johnson, Amy Adsem and Meg Skogstad, along with Tammy ZuHone and Lisa Ly, who are also senior party co-chairs. The committee has been meeting since October.
Q: What kinds of items are in the silent auction?
A: Dave Ryan from KDWB is donating a flight around Chanhassen, where he is the pilot! We have a Vikings helmet signed by No. 14 Stefan Diggs, and Terrance Fogarty artwork.
Thanks to our local businesses and school community, we have nearly 100 items up for bids. We have awesome baskets — a wine basket from The Vintage, tickets to theater and sporting events, log rolling or ziplining experiences, restaurants, wine tasting, golf, yoga, exercise classes, massage, manicures and more.
We also have a Bottle Pull, a 50/50 raffle, and a game called "Heads or Tails" for a chance to win an Apple Watch, and we've also got live music!
Derek Bush and Mitch Patrick from the band Manhassen will be entertaining the crowd throughout the evening.
We are looking for donations of bottles of wine valued at $10 or more, new merchandise for the auction, or cash donations of any denomination that we can put towards the senior party. We are considered a 501c, so all donations are tax deductible.
Q: What does the Jeans & Jerseys fundraising go toward?
A: Hosting a graduation party is a long held tradition providing a safe place for kids to celebrate. To keep the cost per student — $80 — as affordable as possible, we need a fundraiser ... and we want to ensure that finances aren’t an obstacle for anyone that wishes to attend but may need some assistance.
Q: Why is the Jeans & Jerseys fundraiser open to the public?
A: We want all people in the community to feel welcome to come and take part of this special night. With this being the 10th year of Chanhassen High School’s existence, we are hoping Jeans & Jerseys can build our Chanhassen community, and strengthen relationships across the community as well.