IRHS alumni ready for ‘FUN-raiser’
Proud graduates and friends are being invited to the Indian River High School Alumni Association’s second annual “FUN-raiser” on Saturday, April 5. Alumni can celebrate the green-and-gold with all-you-can-eat food, music, prizes, cornhole games and IRHS alumni license plates from 6 to 10 p.m. at Frankford Fire Hall.
Guests can enjoy home cooking: homemade pit beef, hot sausages, macaroni-and-cheese, the Tribbitt Family’s Famous Clam Chowder and desserts. Drinks are free, including beer, wine and soda.
Guests might get lucky with “Chinese,” silent and live auctions. They can bring up to three canned goods for the local food pantry to receive up to three “Chinese auction” tickets.
After 100 people enjoyed last year’s inaugural event, the alumni group said they are looking forward to another fun night.
“It was successful, especially the license plates,” said IRHSAA President Marla Daisey.
This year’s event will include the return of the Indian River license plates, with the Indian-head logo designed by IR students.
People can submit bids on particular plates in the week before the event, aiming to take home one with their lucky number, graduation year or other combination. Numbers such as 8 and 9 will be done through live auction. A mail-in auction will determine all other numbers. Any numbers not sold beforehand will be available that night.
Daisey’s own license plate was significant to her birthday, anniversary and graduation year. She also won the future plate for her daughter’s upcoming graduation year.
Tickets for the Fun-raiser cost $30 in advance when purchased at Delaware Appliance Distributors in Frankford, Bireley & Kortvelesy P.A. in Ocean View, RACC Fitness in Roxana, or from many Alumni Association members. Tickets will also be available at the door for $35.
Alumni and the Hall of Fame
Ticket sales will benefit the IRHSAA scholarship, a new school sign and other projects.
“As a former student [myself], our daughter’s going there now,” Daisey said. “I just think it’s good to continue the song, ‘Be true to your school.’ And we go to the games, the soccer games, the football games, just stay connected to school.”
The nonprofit Alumni Association officially formed in 2012 to connect alumni, as well as to support and promote IRHS. With community support, the Alumni Association surpassed a first-year goal by awarding $3,000 in scholarships in 2013.
Nominations have begun for this year’s additions to the IRHS Hall of Fame, which recognizes grads who have made significant achievements on a local, national or international level.
“By honoring graduates who have become outstanding citizens, we hope to inspire current students in their areas of studies, community service and extra-curricular opportunities,” the group says of the Hall of Fame. Nominations are due Thursday, April 17.
The Indian River High School Alumni Association meets monthly on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m., except for the next date, Monday, April 28. New members are always welcome. Register for free online.
School pride scholarship
The IRHS Alumni Association is also offering a scholarship to graduating seniors.
“This award isn’t about academics or financial aid, but your school spirit at Indian River High School. Whether you’re an athletic captain, top scholar, club leader or just genuinely proud of your school, we want to hear about it,” they said.
Students could win scholarships worth up to $1,000. With strong community support in its first year, IRHSAA was able to award three scholarships in 2013 (far above the initial goal of one $500 prize).
Applications can be found at the IRHS guidance office or online at www.IRHSalumni.com. The deadline for the essay and nominations is Tuesday, April 29. Winners will be announced at the Senior Awards ceremony in May. For more information, email IndianRiverAlumni@gmail.com or call (302) 732-1500.
IRHS to get school sign
Although Indian River High School moved to its current Dagsboro location in 2005, the school still has no sign to attract attention from the road. Many a vehicle has driven straight past entrances on Armory Road and Clayton Avenue. So the Alumni Association has undertaken a project to design and fund an electronic sign for the high school.
With an electronic LED sign, the school can display important dates and events, as well as show school pride with the Indian-head logo.
“We just want the community to know what’s going on at the school anytime they drive by, so they can be a part of it,” said Principal Bennett Murray. “We’re very, very excited.”
The Dagsboro Town Council and IRSD School Board officially approved the sign and design at recent meetings.
“Mr. [Mark] Steele, when we moved into this building, started setting aside money. We wanted to make sure we put up a good quality sign,” said Murray, “something that’s truly worthy … something that will assist parents and the community as a whole.”
Former Principal Steele saved what he could from extra donations and business contributions, collecting about $9,000 in 10 years. The sign will cost about $40,000.
Without the alumni, “We wouldn’t be able to put it in for another 20 years,” said Murray.
“We’ve been getting generous donations from the community, current alumni and politicians,” Daisey said.
Contributions are still welcome. To learn more, contact IRHS Alumni Association or IR High School.