Airdrie's Adopt-A-Grad Foundation is hosting a fundraiser this Friday (September 29) at Apple Creek Arcade.

This fundraiser is going to support one of the programs the foundation provides.

Lori Reist, the Executive Director explains the foundation helps kids who are graduating this year. One of the events they hoold is called the "Formal Wear Event."

"Students are able to come to browse inventory that we have had donated to us,  of gowns, dresses, suits, and accessories and they can select something for free that they can then use graduation."

For any students who are picking out a suit, the foundation lets them keep the suit so they can have it going forward for certain occasions like job interviews. For the gowns, they ask that they be donated back to the program so they can reuse them in future years. The program is completely self-referral-based and open to anyone who really needs that.

Another program they have is the "Adopt-A-Grad". In the program, the foundation works with school leadership, to identify students who might be struggling with grad-related costs and may receive support. This will take the form of community-based gifts to assist with such things as school fees, banquet tickets, formal wear and more.

This Friday's event is to help fundraise for the "Adopt-A-Grad" program.

"We're running an opportunity to come on out for $20 a person, you get a two-hour play card and a drink ticket (Parents will get their kids drink tickets)." 

50 per cent ($10) of every play card purchased will go towards the foundation. They will also be having a silent auction with donated items from local businesses with all the proceeds going towards the foundation.

If you are interested in more information or learn more about "Adopt-A Grad", click HERE

To date, the foundation has helped 148 graduates.

The initiative started back in 2016 after a single mother reached out to Mike (husband of Lori) asking if he had a suit for her son. Within days, Reist, with the help of the Airdrie Dads community had amassed approximately $500. Since then, the event has become an example of how the community comes together to not only celebrate its young graduates but also in how the community comes together so that all students can cherish a once-in-a-lifetime memory. 

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