The annual spaghetti supper and auctions to benefit graduation Glen Rose High School seniors last week drew a crowd of parents, business people and community members who helped organize and contribute to the "Project Graduation" fund-raising event.

    Proceeds from the silent auction, live auction and dinner tickets so far total $47,000 "with some monies still coming in," said Jeff Harris, head of the board of New Focus, the group that puts on Project Graduation. He estimated that about 1,200 meals were served.

    “Last year was probably a little bit better, but with the economy like it is, this community is just phenomenal in what they do for our kids,” Harris added.

    All of the proceeds go toward the seniors and their senior party, Harris added.

    “We don't roll over anything into the next year,” he said.

    Harris also extended many thanks to parents, businesses and community members for their support in purchasing items and helping organize the event, and to Dwayne Griffin, Gary and Vicki Rosenbusch and Lloyd Wirt for their help with the auctions.

    "We are so fortunate to live in a community that is so very supportive of our students," Harris said. "Without our parents and local businesses, this would not be possible."