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Summit Academy alumni Michael Rehder and Savannah Prigge kept things rolling – with the help of auctioneer Rick Musick – at the 17th annual Mystery Night fund-raiser in Greencreek Oct. 4. Here the du helps to bump up bids during the auction for an airplane ride.

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Summit Academy alumni Michael Rehder and Savannah Prigge kept things rolling – with the help of auctioneer Rick Musick – at the 17th annual Mystery Night fund-raiser in Greencreek Oct. 4. Here the du helps to bump up bids during the auction for an airplane ride.



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(L-R) Summit Academy alumni Courtney Schwartz and Nicole Frei, cheer on the people as the final 10 tickets were drawn at Mystery Night 2014.

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Summit Academy Mistory Night 2014

Summit Academy held its 17th annual Mystery Night fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 4. Here are some clips of the night’s skits with the theme of Hot Rod Fever.

Summit Academy held its 17th annual Mystery Night fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 4. Here are some clips of the night’s skits with the theme of Hot Rod Fever.

GREENCREEK — Standing in proxy for his mother, Joanne Sonnen, Allen Sonnen was the last man standing Saturday night, Oct. 4.

The event was Summit Academy’s 17th annual Mystery Night fund-raiser and the Sonnens won the $10,000 top prize.

“We have a great school with excellent students,” said principal James Hickle. “None of that would be possible without a wonderful, supportive community of parents, family and friends. Thank you.”

More than 400 people filled the Greencreek Community Hall for “Hot Rod Fever.” The theme focused on the 1933 Ford Coupe replica built by the Summit Academy students 2011-12 including the late Justin Dempsey, Shane Stubbers, David Waters, Austin Chmelik, Josh Lustig, Matthew Schwartz, Michael Waters, Dan Wemhoff, Nathan Beckman and Josh Frei.

“The speedometer may read 4,000, but it’s been on a 7,000-mile journey,” laughed Eric Wassmuth who, along with Bo Rose, instructed the hot rod class. They took the car across the Northwest, entered car shows and sold raffle tickets as they went. The winner drawn for the car was Tim Osborn, Jr., of Pasco, Wash.

Support for Summit showed as more than 90 silent auction items and 18 live auction items were donated and purchased, and 44 prizes were given away to every tenth ticket drawn. Nearly $12,000 was raised on the live auction items in addition to $6,000 donated strictly for teachers’ bonuses and nearly $6,000 to start a fund for a new classroom wing for an ag/auto mechanic area. This is estimated to cost approximately $250,000.

One prize went to Lee and Barbara Rehder of Cottonwood who have been supporters of Summit since its inception.

“They are first-time winners; their first prize in 17 years,” smiled the couple’s son, emcee Kevin Rehder, as his mother chose a race flag with a number associated with a prize: a WSU wine package.

First drawn and eliminated for the evening was a ticket purchased by Dominic and Gina Lustig of Cottonwood.

“For being that unlucky, we offer this $100 bill to help ease the pain,” said Rehder.

Michael Waters won the “Don’t Jump the Gun,” car-light-brake game with the best reaction time of .003 seconds. This garnered him $100 worth of lottery tickets.

“I think the decorations are fabulous,” said Summit teacher, Karla Krogh. “I really wish we could get the kids down here before they go down.” Decorations included the race track with cars, flames, lights and tires.



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