October 23, 2019

Fairview pulls off raucous good time for a great cause

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When one thinks of semi-professional wrestling, high school and raising money for a good cause, the connections seem tenuous to say the least. Fortunately the selfless volunteers at Fairview Area Schools Project Graduation have found a way to tie all three together for a fantastic fundraiser that took even our senior staff by surprise.

Fairview’s Project Graduation is a charitable group aimed at raising money for an end-of-year celebration for aspiring high school graduates. Their goal is to give the students one final hurrah as they prepare to take their next steps into the world outside primary school. As some prepare to go off to college, others to trade school and some directly into the workforce, this is a final chance for students to let loose with people they’ve grown up with, and may possibly never see again.

Over Valentine’s Day weekend the charitable group hosted a local semi-professional wrestling organization in order to try to drum up donations for the end-of-year party. This was the first time the group attempted a fundraiser like this, and it couldn’t have gone any better.

Before even walking into the auditorium/cafeteria where Imperial Wrestling Entertainment had set up it’s wrestling ring, entrance ramp and various other equipment, the roar of a small mob was loud and clear. Upon entering the makeshift arena it was obvious Fairview had fully committed to the show. Every seat in the house was filled with children, parents, teens and seniors who wanted nothing more than to spend an evening enjoying each others’ company as the comical yet suspenseful show transpired in front of them.

Project Graduation volunteer Tom Stewart said it was unbelievable how well the fundraiser was received.

“It meant a great deal to us,” Stewart said. “A bunch of community spirit was shown. It allowed even the adults to be kids again.”

Not only did IWE come to perform for Fairview, but it’s show was completely free. The entertainment group opted to waive any fees, and allowed Fairview to collect donations that would go directly to the end of year celebration. Stewart said the fundraiser brought in roughly $900.

The Oscoda County Herald applauds Fairview residents, Project Graduation and IWE for the equal parts they played in ensuring this fundraiser went off flawlessly. This shows that a little creativity and community effort can result in not only a fantastic evening, but pay off in droves for a great cause.

Fortunately, if you missed out on the event this year, Stewart said the group hopes to bring the show back next year as well. Residents can be sure if that happens, you’ll see us there as well.

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