Fundraiser benefiting Lamphere students to feature big prizes

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published February 2, 2018

 All of these items were bundled together in one of the gift baskets at last year’s fundraising event for Lamphere High School scholarships and the senior all-night party. The theme for this particular basket was a night at the movies.

All of these items were bundled together in one of the gift baskets at last year’s fundraising event for Lamphere High School scholarships and the senior all-night party. The theme for this particular basket was a night at the movies.

Photo provided by Diane Chrysler

MADISON HEIGHTS — The senior all-night party is a safe way for Lamphere High School seniors to celebrate graduation and the next phase of their lives. It’s made possible, in part, thanks to an annual fundraiser including a tin can raffle and silent auction. The event also benefits in-school activities and helps provide scholarships, such as the four $500 scholarships that were awarded last year.

“We’d be thrilled to be able to provide larger scholarships or offer more than four scholarships this year,” said Diane Chrysler, committee chair for the fundraiser.

The event, now in its 12th year, will be held Feb. 9 at Lamphere High School, 610 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights, starting around 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The benefit is organized by the Lamphere Activities Fundraising Foundation for Students, or LAFFS.

Admission is free. Raffle tickets for prize baskets are sold at the door at a cost of 25 tickets for $20, or $1 each. Silent auction items are at the bidder’s expense. There will also be a full dinner available for $8 per adult, $6 per senior citizen or $5 per child, which includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. There will also be 50-50 raffle tickets available to purchase.

There will be a wide variety of prizes, and the baskets can be quite elaborate. One basket at last year’s event was in fact multiple baskets full of goodies, with a theme of movie night. Other themes have included chocolate lovers, wine baskets, gift cards, lottery tickets, school apparel, pets, car maintenance, crafts and more. Baskets are donated and assembled by Lamphere clubs, athletic teams, teachers, organizations and community members. Each graduating class also works on a themed auction basket, with a net worth between $500 and $1,000 in goods and services.

“This is a fun auction item amongst students because the proceeds from these specific baskets help them directly with their senior all-night parties,” Chrysler said. “The winning class will get all of the profits for their basket toward their party. The other profits from the remaining baskets are pooled and split evenly amongst the other graduating classes.”

Last year’s event had between 175 and 200 attendees. On average, the event raises about $2,000 from the basket raffles and about $2,700 from the silent auction. For this year’s event, local businesses are being asked to donate services or goods for the auction and raffle.

Russ McKenzie, athletic director at Lamphere High, said it all pays off for the kids, making for some special memories.

“The all-night party after graduation is a very safe way for young adults to celebrate their accomplishment,” he said.

Shelly Wisnowski, a parent with two children in the district, said LAFFS has been a great way to participate in her children’s high school experience. Other initiatives have included craft shows, spirit wear sales, the QuarterMania auction and more.

“You really get the pulse of what is happening at the school by being a member of LAFFS. Meetings are held once a month, so it’s not a huge time commitment to attend, and there are opportunities to help in many ways through various events,” she said. “The funds that (are) raised benefit all the kids at Lamphere, most notably by providing scholarships.”

Added Chrysler: “LAFFS is here to help. The Lamphere district, as a whole, has some of the most supportive parents I’ve seen. From fundraising to sporting events, you can bet Lamphere families will be there.”

For more information, including how to donate items to the raffle and auction, contact Diane Chrysler at dchrysler@sbcglobal.net or Shelly Wisnowski at shelly wisnowski8@gmail.com.