The Kwalikum Secondary School grad class will kick off its dry grad fundraising efforts into high gear next week.
First, the class will host the annual dry grad fashion show on Thursday, which will then be followed by a car wash on Saturday.
“We all believe in this dry grad,” said Nancy Marshall, one of the KSS 2015 dry grad coordinators. “It’s so worthwhile to make sure their night is safe.”
The fashion show, which will be at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre on May 7, will feature 62 models showcasing fashions that you’d wear on vacation.
The travel-themed clothes will be supplied by 23 local stores from Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo, said the event’s co-ordinator Cindy Darbyshire.
For the show, the audience will be arranged around a letter-T-shaped stage so that there isn’t a bad seat in the house, said Darbyshire. Attendees will also have the option to partake in a balloon pop, a 50/50 draw a silent auction of items mostly donated by local businesses and a key box raffle.
“It’s the biggest fundraiser,” said Darbyshire of the fashion show. “It’s quite successful.”
Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. While tickets are available at the door, those who buy their tickets early at Round the World Fashions and Arbutus Emporium in Qualicum Beach will have their name put into a draw for a gift basket.
Then, on May 9, the grad class will host a car wash at the Qualicum Beach Fire Hall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The event will take place on the Harlech Street side of the building and a wash will be by donation, said organizer Marshall.
This event is supported by the RCMP, B.C. Ambulance and the Qualicum Beach fire department, who will be on hand to help the students at the car wash.
“None of these departments want to see these grads on grad night,” said Marshall.