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Golf tourney hits greens for Project Graduation

MARBLE FALLS — Spring is in the air and sponsors say it’s a great time of year to hit the greens for a good cause — in this case, Project Graduation for Marble Falls High School’s departing seniors.

The Project Graduation Golf Tourney fundraiser is March 27 at Hidden Falls Golf Club, 220 Meadowlakes Drive.

Project Graduation itself is held after commencement exercises in late spring to provide a safe, alcohol-free party for graduating seniors and their guests.

“Project Graduation started in the 1980s in Maine to give seniors a safe way to celebrate their graduation,” said Kim Cameron, an event organizer. “It’s been (in Marble Falls) for some time now and it’s a good way to give the kids a place to enjoy themselves on graduation night.”

The event is not a school district function, but is organized and supported by parents and the community.

The four-man scramble begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start at the club.

The cost is $60 per person or $240 per team. The cost includes green fees, cart, range, prizes and lunch. There’s also a putting contest at noon.

Players, hole sponsors and other supporters are needed, Cameron said.

A hole sponsorship costs $100 or teams can be sponsored for $240.

The idea behind Project Graduation started in Maine following the 1979 commencement season where the Oxford Hills area lost seven high school students because of alcohol or other drugs. The following year community organizers not only provided information to the Oxford Hills Class of 1980 on the dangers of alcohol and drugs, but offered an alternative to the “traditional” post-commencement drinking celebrations.

This first event spawned what became known as Project Graduation, which was copied by other Maine communities the next year. According to the Main Department of Health and Human Services, in 1986 “Project Graduation” events were being held in all 50 states and two Canadian provinces.

Cameron said even if a family doesn’t have a child graduating this year, supporting the event is still important because they may have a student coming up through the school system or know one who is.

“I think it’s important people step up and help because these kids are important,” she said.

For more on the tournament or sponsorships, call Daren Cameron at (830) 798-3865.