Sheriff’s office gives away car for Project Graduation

In October, Project Graduation began collecting entries.

The premise was simple. For $5, you could purchase a ticket and be entered into a raffle to win a second-hand white 2013 Ford Explorer XLT, donated by the Sheriff’s Office and  in great shape. 

Members of the Gulf Community were quick to get their entries in, raising over $12,000 that will go towards hosting graduation night events for both Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka High Schools. Then, they patiently waited until late January for the drawing.

On Friday evening, the wait was over.

“We’re here to draw for our car that both ends of the county have been selling tickets for for about four or five months now,” said Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison to a crowd gathered at the Sheriff’s Office in Port St. Joe.

“We were happy to give the car as we do every year for a fundraiser for Project Graduation, a great cause, to be able to keep our seniors off the roads on the night of graduation.”

Then, Harrison and a group of gathered seniors drew a name – Susan Sienuta.

Sienuta was not in attendance at the event, but Harrison said that he would reach out to her at the phone number on the ticket to let her know that she had won the prize.

Project Graduation will continue fundraising for their after graduation events through the rest of the school year. For more information, please visit the Port St. Joe High School Project Graduation’s Facebook page at or the Wewahitchka High School Project Graduation Facebook page at

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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