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Quilt raffle, graduation auction set


Class of 2013 parents raise graduation party funds

by: VERN UYETAKE  -  Janelle Minson, left, the co-chair of the substance-free West Linn High School grad party and quilter Jaylin Redden-Hefty display the quilts produced with the help of students.West Linn parents have put their minds and nimble fingers together to raise funds for the 26th annual senior class graduation party.

Members of the 2013 grad party committee, with help from West Linn High School seniors, have sewn two quilts that will be raffled off in support of the party. The committee will also host a dinner auction Feb. 22 at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn. Arduous preparations began last June, but the hard work, organizers said, is worth it.

“This is a great group of the kids,” said organizer Jenelle Minson of the class of 2013. “The student body is extremely talented. They’ve worked so hard to be good students and community leaders and they deserve to have a great party and last night together. ... This is just the last show of appreciation from the parents and community.”

Quilted keepsake

Jaylin Redden-Hefty was inspired by the class of 2013’s slogan: Reach for the Stars.

Redden-Hefty has taught in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District for 25 years. The science teacher at Athey Creek Middle School and parent of a 2013 graduate combined the logo and her experience with textiles to create two flannel quilts — one inspired by the the University of Oregon Ducks, the other by the Oregon State University Beavers.

“I thought the quilts were a neat way to support the school and this particular theme,” Redden-Hefty said, noting the quilts have star patterns on them. “I also thought it would be more meaningful if the kids got involved.”

West Linn High School seniors Alex Sisca, Grace Wall, Taylor Hefty, Cameron Minson and Ryan Engler helped sew the quilts. Redden-Hefty also received help from her friend Dona Thompson, Laurie Jarmer of Artistic Machine Quilting and discounted materials from Pine Needle Quilt Shop in Lake Oswego.

The team began quilting in November. Hand sewing the binding alone, Redden-Hefty said, took 16 hours. Five-hundred raffle tickets per quilt will be sold at West Linn High School functions — including the spaghetti music feed today, Jan. 24 — and the quilts will be raffled off at either the father-son or mother-daughter luncheon in the spring.

Raffle ticket costs vary from 1 cent to $5. Ticket purchasers will draw a random ticket and pay whatever the last three digits are. For example, if a person draws ticket No. 706105, they will pay $1.05.

“A person could actually win one of the quilts for one penny,” Redden-Hefty said.

by: JAYLIN REDDEN-HEFTY - West Linn High School senior Grace Wall works on the quilt. by: JAYLIN REDDEN-HEFTY - West Linn High School senior Taylor Hefty works on the quilt.

Grad party

The graduation party was created by parents in 1987 in an effort to keep students safe and substance-free on graduation night. Each year, parents plan and implement a night-long event for the entire senior class held at an undisclosed location.

The event is parent-sponsored and funded, with no financial help from the school. This year, organizers are hoping to raise $60,000, Minson said. The funds will be used to rent the facility, pay for activities, help lower the cost for students (about $10) and provide financial assistance to those needing it. About $4,000 will also be donated to the graduation party committee of 2014.

“The tradition has continued throughout the years and everyone steps up to put on this party,” Minson said. “So far we’ve received generous donations from parents and local businesses.”

In addition to the quilt raffle, the party committee is raffling off a MacBook Pro CTO. Tickets are $10. The largest event of the year will be the dinner auction on Feb. 22. Auction items include Portland Timbers game packages, weekend packages to Black Butte, vacation home rentals and more.

“You name it and I think we’ve got it,” Minson said.

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