IRHSAA FUN-raiser: Something to whet everyone’s appetite

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Auction items at this Saturday night’s Indian River High School Alumni Association Fun-raiser include this handcrafted Indian River logo table donated by alumnus Jimmy Ricci.


FRANKFORD – It appears this Saturday night’s Indian River High School Alumni Association FUN-raiser has something to whet everyone’s appetite.

Tasty food and drink, socializing reunions with classmates and IRHS alumni – and plenty of opportunities to go home with donated auction items, including coveted IRHSAA vanity license plates and an “original” Corn Hole Set made and designed by IRHS students.

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This pillow and another are among the auction items up for bid at the Indian River High School Alumni Association’s FUN-raiser. Both pillows were donated by local seamstress Cathy Durham.

“We auctioned a (Corn Hole) set last year and it was a big hit,” said IRHSAA spokeswoman Ruth Ann Marvel. “We expect to have some crazy bidding …”

So ante up.

The fun and fundraising start at 6 p.m. at the Frankford Fire Hall.

Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance and $35 at the door.

The all-you-can-eat menu features pit beef, hot sausages and other homemade goodness prepared by the Tribbitt sisters – Kim Roe and Tracy Wharton – including the family’s famous clam chowder.

Drinks are free, including beer, wine and soda.

Some items on the auction block showcase Indian River PRIDE.

There’s a handcrafted IR logo table donated by alumnus Jimmy Ricci, who has donated to previous FUN-raiser events, and two pillows donated by Cathy Durham, a local seamstress who donates her time to find and alter dresses for students wishing to attend prom. One pillow has the IRHSAA logo and the other features a picture of the new Indian River High School.

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Items up for bid in the FUN-raiser auction include this IR PRIDE corn hole set designed by Indian River High School students.

Overall, there have been scores of donations.

“We have a great community,” said IRHSAA President Joy Cadden.

A new and unique item this year that likely will lure plenty of bids is a half- day charter fishing trip secured by Terry Murray, a 1992 IRHS alumnus.

If art is to your liking, there’s a Kevin Fleming print, valued at $300, as well as artwork donated by local artists Laura Hickman and Michael Tyre.

Patriotism is showcased in the handcrafted Deco-Wreath made by two alumni – Pam Browne and Renee Valeski, Class of 79).

Donations have also come from those with no IRHS connection.

Susan Molnar, who moved to the area two years, answered the IRHSAA’s Facebook request for donations with a Beach Theme basket that includes a hand-knitted scarf.

The FUN-raiser is the only day out of the year to bid on IRHS license plates.

The list of numbers is available online at

Proceeds benefit the IRHSAA and its ongoing support of IRHS and students, including a scholarship program.

The deadline to submit a scholarship application is this Friday, April 17.

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Indian River High School alumni Pam Browne and Renee Valeski have donated this patriotic wreath for the FUN-raiser.

The event is again being staged in the banquet hall at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, which has contributed to the success of the previous two Fun-raisers.

“We hope for another successful year so we are able to support the needs of IRHS students and staff,” said Ms. Marvel. “One wish we have is to see more support to our organization and events by the current and past IRHS teachers, staff and administration. Our purpose is to be there to support the school in all needs and we truly hope the teachers recognize that we are there for them. We hope they want to support us!”

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