ROSELLE PARK, NJ - On graduation night, Friday June 19, through the support of Roselle Park Mayor and Council, Roselle Park 24/7 and a group of volunteers will present “Operation Graduation,” a one-time event created just for the Roselle Park High School Graduating Class of 2015.

Project Graduation was cancelled for the Roselle Park graduating seniors. Project Graduation was started in 1979 after the tragic deaths of seven graduates, in drug and alcohol related car crashes, from a high school in Maine. Since the inception of Project Graduation drug and alcohol related deaths, on graduation night have been reduced, by Project Graduation, offering a safe alternative event for graduation night in Roselle Park.

“Whether we have 20 graduates or 120 graduates, we will have a safe, fun evening to celebrate our students’ great accomplishment.” said Joe DeIorio, the program's co-director.  DeIorio is also excited that “Operation Graduation” will be the first program assisted by Roselle Park 24/7.

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To date, Roselle Park 24/7 has collected more than $2,000 toward Operation Graduation and has enlisted the support of more than 40 sponsors. The volunteers are still seeking more financial assistance to cover the cost of additional entertainment.

“Roselle Park 24/7” was formed to create and support positive programs in the Borough of Roselle Park that bring people together.” said Thos Shipley, program co-director.

Roselle Park 24/7 is a subsidiary program of Roselle 24/7, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.  As such, donations of money and goods are tax deductible as provided in the U.S. Tax Codes. Donors will receive an acknowledgement of their contribution in a letter from Roselle Park 24/7 for their tax records. Checks should be made out to Roselle Park 24/7 and mailed to Roselle Park 24/7 c/o Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley at 824 Larch Street, Roselle Park NJ 07204.

Information about the evening’s events and donations can be made on the site. All donors names will be displayed on the organization’s website, on the “Operation Graduation” program and on news service.