Rohnert Park Mayor Joseph Callinan and wife Janet, have joined with Councilwoman Susan Hollingsworth Adams to raise funds to celebrate the graduating class of 2020.
The trio have joined together to raise $15,000 for a full color lawn sign for each member of the Graduating Class of 2020. Funds will be used to print signs for graduating seniors from Rancho Cotate, El Camino and Technology High Schools. Signs will feature the name and picture of each senior and be displayed on Snyder Ln. in Rohnert Park during the last week of May.
The Callinan and Hollingsworth families have lived in Rohnert Park before it became a city in 1962. Janet Callinan called Susan Adams with her idea to recognize graduating seniors and “Rohnert Park Adopt a Class of 2020 Senior” was born.
“It’s a tough year,” said Callinan. “These seniors have come so far and worked so hard and they aren’t getting to enjoy the festivities we all did when we graduated. We want them to know we celebrate their accomplishments.”
Adams said response to their efforts has been overwhelming. “Thoughtful community members donated nearly $11,000 on Facebook in the first 24 hours. We will continue to raise funds until we’ve met our goal of raising $15,000 on Facebook.” Adams said additional funds raised will be donated to Project Graduation, the non-profit organization known for providing a fun and safe graduation night party for graduating seniors.
Mayor Callinan has spent the past few days thanking donors on the phone and on Facebook. “We live in a VERY generous community. I’m happy to see people have caught the spirit of what we are doing here and I’m excited to do something for our graduating seniors.”
Additional funds raised will be donated directly to Project Graduation. Donations can be made on Facebook at Rohnert Park Adopt a Class of 2020 Senior, on Venmo at CRP-ProjectGraduation, or by mail. Checks should be made payable to CRP Project Graduation, c/o Janet Callinan, 5710 Dexter Circle, Rohnert Park, California, 94928.