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Mystery Night draws large crowd of 350-plus

Summit Academy alumnus (L-R) Michael Rehder, Courtney Schwartz (Dolly) and Tara Stubbers (June Carter Cash) get ready to congratulate the final 10 ticket holders at Summit Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4. The annual fund-raiser was held at Greencreek Community Hall.


(L) Jana Frei of Grangeville was the Summit Mystery Night’s $10,000 winner. She is congratulated by Julie Sonnen (R) who was the winner of the table handcrafted by Jim Chmelik.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Summit Academy alumnus (L-R) Michael Rehder, Courtney Schwartz (Dolly) and Tara Stubbers (June Carter Cash) get ready to congratulate the final 10 ticket holders at Summit Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4. The annual fund-raiser was held at Greencreek Community Hall. (L) Jana Frei of Grangeville was the Summit Mystery Night’s $10,000 winner. She is congratulated by Julie Sonnen (R) who was the winner of the table handcrafted by Jim Chmelik.



— A lightbulb-laden chandelier, candle-lit tables and a stage, dressed as a big red barn front, greeted attendees of Summit Academy’s Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4.

More than 350 people attended the Denim and Diamonds event, which celebrated Summit’s 20th anniversary and annual gala fund-raiser.

Food, drinks, games, live and silent auction items, as well as visiting with friends, were all part of the evening’s activities. Musick Auction and Sons provided the auctioneering.

“Howdy y’all – hope you’re havin’ a great time tonight,” drawled “Willie Nelson” (also known as Summit teacher Michael Rehder) as he shoved a leftie behind his ear and took a swig from his flask.

Rehder was one of a plethora of Summit alumni who attended the event, many of whom donned Grand Ole Opry gear to entertain on the “Grand Ole Summit” stage.

The audience was even treated to songs by some locals including Virgil Wassmuth, Kathy Rehder, John Mager and even Father Sipho with an African tune.

Elimination tickets were drawn throughout the evening – as well as prize tickets for every 10th ticket holder chosen – to whittle away tickets down to the final 10. In the end, Geraldine Miller won a $400 second-place prize while the top prize went to Jana Frei of Grangeville. Frei, who has grandchildren who attend Summit, won the grand prize of $10,000 to spend at local participating businesses.

A surprised Julie Sonnen (Sonnen Meats) was the winner of the ornate, inlaid wooden table handcrafted by Jim Chmelik. Winner of the hot rod rebuilt and refurbished by Summit students was Jason Vogel of Lewiston.

“On behalf of Summit, thank you all for helping provide a solid Christian Catholic education for our children,” said Norm Sonnen, who emceed the event along with Summit alumnus Josh Lustig.



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