Scott Anderson's renowned magic show will be a fundraiser for the 2014 Molalla High School grad party.

by: SCOTT ANDERSON - Anderson entertains children and troops with Operation Magic while serving in Iraq.A group of Molalla High School parents will use magic to help raise funds for a safe all-night grad party for this year’s seniors on graduation night.

Operation Magic will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Molalla High School auditorium to support Molalla High School's Class of 2014.

Whether he is performing magic or serving his country, illusionist William Scott Anderson has been all over the world. An Oregon native, Anderson joined the army directly out of high school. He served as a military policeman and first began performing magic while he was assigned to a position as a D.A.R.E. officer. He served in the military for more than a decade, where he, among other duties, performed as a flight medic and Black Hawk helicopter pilot for the Oregon National Guard.

While serving overseas, he entertained children and families in their war-torn towns and villages, sick and wounded Afghan children in the hospitals and his fellow troops, with the magic and illusions that became Operation Magic.

Following his return to the civilian world in 2010, Anderson auditioned for "America's Got Talent" and placed second.

Now he is bringing his Operation Magic to Molalla.

Advance ticket prices are $10 for students or those with military I.D., $15 for adults and $20 at the door.

All proceeds will go to fund a Grad Night party for Molalla High School seniors, to be held from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at a location yet to be revealed.

Although Molalla High School seniors have not had a grad party in a several years, a group of parent volunteers are determined to make the event a tradition at the school.

So far, the group has raised $895 in donations from a benefit concert performed a couple of months ago. But they need thousands of dollars to make the party a realization for this year’s senior class.

"We want to provide a drug and alcohol free night for grads,” grad party organizer Michelle Rieskamp said, “so grads can be together one last time.”

The grad-night planners hope that eventually each MHS class will undertake their own fundraising efforts so that a grad party can be assured every year for all Molalla High School seniors.

Advance tickets for Operation Magic are being sold at Hi-School Pharmacy or can be reserved from Rieskamp by calling 503-798-8936.

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