FAIRFIELD — One break-in and a second attempt wasn’t enough to keep the people behind Armijo’s Sober Grad Nite from throwing a lavish party Friday for the Class of 2014.
Over winter break, burglars broke into the group’s storage unit on campus and made away with more than $2,000 worth of prizes, ranging from electronics to desk lamps. They also left behind a mess.
A second attempt at thievery was made over spring break. It wasn’t successful.
Sober Grad Nite kicked off about 9 a.m. and would last until 5 a.m. Saturday.
The gym was unrecognizable, sans the floor. Graduates were playing games, taking pictures and hoping to win raffle prizes. The loss of almost half of their prizes didn’t deter the committee. It only made them strong.
“It was more of a motivator,” said Audrey Jacques, who works with the Sober Grad Nite committee. “We just doubled our efforts.”
Lori and Scott Wilson donate their time and effort to Armijo’s Sober Grad Nite despite the fact their last child graduated from the school two years ago.
“We got a lot of community support,” Lori Wilson said. “We replaced all our prizes. This may be our biggest year yet. We sold more tickets beforehand than we have in the past.”
She smiled as the graduates entered the gym, greeted by a superhero theme.
“We are all superheroes this year,” she said.
Eric Brimer was hoping to take home some raffle prizes. The thought of someone stealing from the event troubled him, he said.
Sarah Sharp was playing the Hulk Smash games. She was pleased to see how everything had turned out and wondered why anyone would want to steal prizes donated for graduating seniors.
Her friend Alina Apodaca was carrying around her giant Batman writing pen she had already won.
“It was dumb,” she said of the burglary. “What’s the point? We are just her to have fun. Why would people want to ruin it?”
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