The Country Quilters donated a homemade quilt to the PCHS senior class. (left to right standing): Lynn Donaldson, Sharon Maynard, Jeanne Munk, Anthony Castro, Doris Bridges, Alexis Lusby, Ben Shirley (student body president), Elena Robles, Patty Ellifritz, Gloria Gudmundsen, Sharon Montrose, June Talcott and Jeanne Anderson (front row): Debbie Burke, Sally Echerria, Virginia Rose and Sue Bendure.
The Country Quilters donated a homemade quilt to the PCHS senior class. (left to right standing): Lynn Donaldson, Sharon Maynard, Jeanne Munk, Anthony Castro, Doris Bridges, Alexis Lusby, Ben Shirley (student body president), Elena Robles, Patty Ellifritz, Gloria Gudmundsen, Sharon Montrose, June Talcott and Jeanne Anderson (front row): Debbie Burke, Sally Echerria, Virginia Rose and Sue Bendure.
Graduation is just weeks away. Soon Pershing County High School’s Class of 2017 will celebrate their once in a lifetime milestone. One annual celebration is different from most. It aims to keep the party goers safe and sober.

Twenty-six years ago Gail and Jeanne Munk, Joe and Stephanie Yanni and Jim and Pat Rowe launched Lovelock’s first Sober Grad Night. The substance-free gala takes place at the high school, starts at 10 pm, and lasts until the small hours of the morning. This year it takes place on June 3.

Over the years Grad Nights have featured Bounce Houses, mechanical bulls, magicians, movies, music, and lots of food. New grads walk away with cash prizes and gifts to furnish their dorm rooms or apartments.

Many businesses donate goods and money. Volunteers decorate, chaperone, and clean up. But the annual extravaganza pulls out all the stops – and that can get expensive. That’s why each graduating class holds a raffle to keep the party popping. After Spring break the Class of 2017 will raffle Aces tickets, fifty pounds of apples, a cast iron cook set and other items. But one prize stands out.

The Country Quilters donate a quilt to the raffle every year. This year one of Grad Night’s founders, Jeanne Munk, created a queen-sized work of art. An earth-toned kaleidoscope of shapes greets the eye.

On Thursday the quilting community presented the quilt to four representatives of the PCHS senior class – Ben Shirley, Alexis Lusby, Anthony Castro, and Elena Robles.

The quilters meet at the Community Center the first Thursday of every month from September through June. The group has given quilts to nursing homes, hospitals, and animal shelters.

Shea Murphy is the principal of Lovelock Elementary School (LES) and Imlay Elementary School (IES). Brooke Wagner is the PBIS External Coach at the Frontier Community Coalition. This year the pair takes the helm of Grad Night for the first time.

“We are leading the charge, but we have an amazing group of volunteers that is making it all happen,” said Murphy.

To volunteer contact Shea Murphy at 273-2176 or Brooke Wagner at 273-2400