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FLHS reunion helped raise $12K for scholarships

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON  — Last month’s all-school reunion for the high school helped raise $1,200 for the Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund.
    Mona Sandoval, one of the reunion organizers, said a good portion of the money raised came from the Shotgun Scramble, a golf tournament at Coyote Creek Golf Course.

    “It was a great turnout,” Sandoval said. “And it was great having all people from all these years catch up together.”
    Established in 2000, the fund has provided $12,400 to 20 graduating seniors with scholarships ranging from $300 to $1,000 to assist with college expenses.
    “We also raised $1,000 for school supplies with the police department’s fundraiser event,” Sandoval said.
    Sandoval said social media was a big part of the reunion’s success, especially by getting the word out through Facebook.
    “The reunion depended on a lot of people who were more Facebook savvy than me, and they were able to get information out to those who were interested,” Sandoval said.
    Alumni from Washington and Oregon flew out to Fort Lupton specifically for the reunion, and Sandoval felt that the Internet helped reach those transplants in other states.
    “Basically, how this all came about there was the Alumni and Friends Association wanted to get younger people involved in continuing the association,” Sandoval said. “And hopefully we were able to bring some light to that group. And positive things will come from that scholarship over the years.”
    In addition to the golf tournament and the police department’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser, the July 19 weekend featured an extravaganza at Wholly Stromboli and a pig roast at the Branding Iron.
    “I’m really happy we were able to support the school,” Sandoval said. “There are a lot of people proud to be from Fort Lupton, and that includes people from out-of-state.”
    Sandoval said there will be a check presentation for the scholarship later this month.
    “It was a lot of fun,” Sandoval said. “A lot of people who attended events this year were not there last year. So that was really neat.
    The success of the reunion has prompted calls for another all-school gathering, but nobody wants the event to become routine either.
    “We’re thinking maybe we’ll do this again in five years,” Sandoval said.

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.