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Events set to benefit senior party

Best Dry Run and Gala Dinner/Auction set for April 9

While Estacada High School seniors may not yet know what fun is in store for them at the 2011 drug-and-alcohol-free party being planned for the night of graduation, two events being held on April 9 to benefit the safe senior party are sure to bring the entire family a full day of fun.

Registration is under way for the Best Dry Run 5K benefit fun run and reservations are now being taken for the SAFACT Charity Gala dinner and auction. Both are being held on April 9 and both benefit SAFACT - the Senior Alcohol-Drug Free All Night Celebration Time.

Event organizer Mark Greene says fundraising efforts for the safe senior party have varied from year to year as students (and their parents) move through the school system. In lieu of holding various fundraisers year after year, Greene hopes the Best Dry Run and the Charity Gala dinner and auction will be a one-day fundraising event that is held every year.

'We want to make these a legacy that sticks,' Greene said. 'We hope these two events will carry on year after year.'

The Best Dry Run will be held at 10 a.m. at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. This 5K run and walk is intended to be fun for the entire family. Registration for the race until April 5 costs $25 per person and will cost $30 the day of the race. Registration includes a Best Dry Run T-shirt.

After the race, participants can then make their way over to the Estacada Christian Church at 7 p.m. for the SAFEACT Charity Gala dinner and auction, where hungry runners and auction-lovers can satisfy their hunger with a prime rib dinner as well as a host of auction items.

The price of the dinner is $50 per person or $400 per table of eight. (Dinner fees are separate from Dry Run fees.)

The auction will feature more than a dozen items, including a Cimarron pontoon boat, a pig roast, shotguns, bronze art and a Mexican vacation in a private villa near San Jose del Cabo.

Greene said roughly $10,000 is needed to provide the senior safe party, which is being held at an undisclosed location. The all-night event is intended to give seniors a safe place to celebrate without drugs and alcohol on a night that, statistically, is one of the most dangerous of their lives. Greene hopes the two fundraising events will take hold and grow.

'If we can repeat these over and over again, they will just get better,' he said. 'It would be great if we could get a SAFACT-type of party for junior-high kids and sixth-graders as well.'

For registration/reservation information for either of the April 9 events, go to safactestacada.com or call Greene at 503-630-2770.