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Taste of Dana and Grad Nite


Update on Grad Nite Refunds

Dear Senior Parents,

As the school year winds down, the Grad Nite/Taste of Dana committee wants to thank you, the Senior Parents, for all of your support throughout the years. And, we want to let the Dana Hills Class of 2020 know how proud we are of their accomplishments. Special gifts, thanks to a successful online silent auction that took place in early May, will be handed out to all Seniors on Wednesday, June 3rd at the Senior Distribution Day.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to issue Grad Nite refunds. If you paid by credit card AFTER December 27, 2019, you should have already seen the credit back to your account. If you paid by check OR credit card BEFORE December 27, 2019, we will be issuing electronic checks from our bank to be mailed to you. Refund checks will be issued to the payee of the original check/credit card transaction.

IMPORTANT: If you paid by check AND you changed addresses since the beginning of the school year, please email us your new address as soon as possible so we can updates our records. Our email address is

If you have any questions at all, please email us at the above address.

Have a wonderful summer and CONGRATULATIONS to the Dana Hills Class of 2020!

~Taste of Dana/Grad Nite 

Karin Campbell, Ruth Fallon, Carrie Rice

P.S. If you have younger students at Dana Hills, please consider volunteering next year on the 2020-2021 committee. Taste of Dana and Grad Nite need lots of parent volunteers, and there are plenty of opportunities big and small where you can help. Email us at for more information. Hope you see you in the Fall!


Taste of Dana Virtual Silent Auction

Supporting DHHS Class of 2020

Bidding opens August 29 at 12noon

Bidding closes May 3 at 8pm



We missed seeing you this year at the Taste of Dana fundraiser. The Grad Nite/Taste of Dana committee collected donations from many local businesses that would have been auctioned at Taste of Dana to raise funds to support Grad Nite, but since both Taste of Dana and Grad Nite are cancelled due to the pandemic, we are hosting this online auction instead with proceeds going towards a gift for each Class of 2020 Senior.



Lots of great items to auction -- Check it out!

Monarch Beach Resort

2-Night Stay Including Breakfast


4 Parkhopper Passes No Blackout Dates

Buy My Bikes

New Electra Cruiser Bicycle

Universal Studios Hollywood

2 General Admission Passes

DHHS Yearbook

Full Page Senior Send-Off Ad

Coffee Importers

Lifetime Coffee for $.60 with Special Mug


SAT/ACT Course + All Materials

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

Foursome M-Th Before 7 am/After Noon

Good Choice Sushi

$50 Gift Certificate

Dana Wharf

Whale Watching for 2 Adults

Sweets Party Treat

1 Dozen Custom Cookies

Lorin Backe Photography

Photo Session & 8x10 Print

Nexus Family Chiropratic

Consultation, Exam & Adjustment + T-Shirt

Jack Randall Photography

Photo Session & 11x14 Print

PRP Wine

In-Home Wine Tasting Party for 12

Fitness Together

3 Personal Training Sessions + More


Woman's Snow Clothing

Star Motors

$250 Gift Certificate

Friar Tux Rental

One Tuxedo Rental

Marbella Country Club

Champagne Brunch for 4

Monarch Beach Resort

60-Minute Massage at Miraval Spa

Robin Hiers (Laguna Beach Artist)

Hand Painted White Jean Jacket Size XL

Monarch Beach Resort

Sunday Brunch at AVEO Table+Bar

Barre3 San Clemente

5 Classes, Tote Bag & Water Bottle

Lauren Ford Photography

Mini Photo Session


Snow Goggles

Yoga by Juli Rinefort

1 Hour Private or Small Group Yoga Session

Lamo Loungewear

Sheepskin Slippers

LA County Museums

4 Passes


4 Sandwiches & more

Harbor Grill

$50 Gift Certificate

McCool Flowers

Corsage and Boutonniere

ZPizza & Golden Spoon

3 Small Pizzas & 2 Frozen Yogurts

Defy/Circus Trix

2 1-Hour VIP Passes + 2 Non-Skid Socks

Proud Mary's

$40 Gift Certificate

Posh Nail Dana Point


Kobe Bryant Framed Picture

NEW 24x36 Vintage #8 Kobe Bryant

All items are for local pick-up only. No shipping. Credit card fee will be charged at checkout. Please visit the auction site for all of the details.


Bidding opens up on

Wednesday at 12noon


Bidding ends on Sunday at 8pm


Spread the word!

All proceeds benefit

DHHS Class of 2020

DHHS Class of 2020, we are so proud of you and so excited for your futures!


If you have any additional questions, please email us at

Thank you for supporting Dana Hills High School Taste of Dana/Grad Nite online auction and the Class of 2020.



Disappointing News About 2020 Grad Nite

Dear Class of 2020 and Families,

It is with sadness that we share the news that Grad Nite is officially canceled this year. We can only imagine how disappointing this is for you, the Class of 2020. This pandemic is causing you to miss out on memories that can never really be recaptured. Under these times of uncertainty, it is not possible to even “postpone” to this summer as we do not know when large groups will be able to gather and when venues will open up again.

We will be providing full refunds to those that have paid for Grad Nite. Parents/students do not need to reach out to us for the refund. After we figure out the logistics for the refund, we’ll make an announcement of how refunds will come to you.

The Grad Nite/Taste of Dana committee worked very hard this year gathering donations that would have been auctioned at Taste of Dana to raise funds to support Grad Nite but Taste of Dana was also canceled this year. While this does not replace what you’ve lost, we will continue to raise funds to purchase a commemorative senior gift for you (to be determined). We’re hosting an online silent auction from Wednesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 3. Check out the preview at: Bidding opens Wednesday, April 29.

If you have any additional questions, please email us at and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.

Class of 2020, we are so proud of you and so excited for your futures. Dolphin Strong!

With you in our thoughts,

Grad Nite/Taste of Dana Committee




CANCELED: Taste of Dana on April 16, 2020

Hello Parents/Students, 

First off, thank you to all have supported and were looking forward to this year’s Taste of Dana that was scheduled to take place on April 16th. Unfortunately, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) remains ever-changing, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL this year’s event.

For those of you not familiar with TASTE OF DANA, this is the only fundraiser event hosted by the Grad Nite committee – a group of parents and friends who organize Grad Nite for the DHHS Seniors. Grad Nite is a parent-chaperoned alcohol- and drug-free overnight event that ensures our Seniors experience a fun and safe Grad Nite. While your students may not be a Senior this year, this event directly benefits them their Senior year so your ongoing support is very important.


We are looking into setting up an ONLINE SILENT AUCTION in order to continue to raise the necessary funds to support Grad Nite. More details to come soon!


In the meantime, we still need DONATIONS for the online silent auction – now more than ever! Please consider donating services, gift cards, wine/champagne/craft beers or other items. If you can donate, please email us at and we can make arrangements for drop-off/pick-up. Donations will be accepted through April 24th.



We were so excited to showcase 16 local restaurants at this year’s Taste of Dana. To show your appreciation, if you are getting takeout now or dining out in the future, please consider supporting one of the wonderful restaurants that had graciously planned on donating delicious food samples, staff and supplies to benefit our DHHS Seniors.

Asian Kitchen, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Glasspar, Good Choice Sushi, Handel’s Ice Cream, Hendrix, It’s All About the Cake, Lupes Mexican Eatery, Starfish, Sweets Party Treats, The Coffee Importers, The Shwack, Thrive Juice Lab, Waterman’s Harbor, Wind & Sea, and Zait Bistro


If you already purchased tickets to this year’s Taste of Dana, we plan on rolling over your tickets to next year’s event. Not sure if you bought tickets already? In the next week, there will be a list of ticket purchasers posted on the Grad Nite SchoolLoop webpage at so you can check. If you would prefer to be refunded, please email us at


As of March 18, Grad Nite is still on, scheduled for Friday, June 5 – Saturday, June 6


JUST DAYS LEFT TO BUY YOUR TICKET. Tickets will not be available for purchase after March 31. DON’T MISS OUT! Ticket price is $150*. Visit and click on "Buy Grad Nite Tickets Now" to purchase tickets. SCHOLARSHIPS are available. For scholarship information, please email us at

Check out the “Who is Going?” list on this page under resources.

*Please note that the $150 ticket price covers a portion of the Grad Nite festivities. The Taste of Dana fundraising event raises money to fill in the gaps plus covers the cost for Grad Nite scholarships. Grad Nite expenses typically include venue(s) costs, buses to and from the venue, security, food and more. We are hopeful that proceeds from the Online Silent Auction will help cover expenses that would have been raised by Taste of Dana. 

Thank you for your continued support. Be safe and stay healthy.

The Grad Nite/Taste of Dana Committee





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Don't Miss Out

Have you registered and paid for Grad Nite 2020? Grad Nite registration includes everything for an awesome overnight celebration with your friends. Don't miss out!  Grad Nite 2020 starts Friday, June 5th and will be held at a secret location! 

You can purchase tickets online for $150. Visit and click the red button "Register for Grad Nite NOW."


If you don't know if you registered, visit our Grad Nite SchoolLoop page and click on the "Who is Going?" link in the Locker. ______________________________


The Dana Hills Grad Nite Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers.  We receive NO funding from Dana Hills High School or the Capistrano Unified School District.  Our mission is to provide a fun and memorable celebratory experience for our graduating seniors in a secure environment that is free from alcohol and drugs. We proudly promote a SAFE and SOBER Grad Nite celebration! 

Taste of Dana is the sole fundraiser for Grad Nite!  Taste of Dana is a community event held at Dana Hills High School in the spring.  Terrific local restaurants donate their food and time to serve unlimited "tastes" to attendees. We have an amazing silent auction with LOTS of baskets to bid on - and we start the bidding low!  We have an exciting GRAND RAFFLE with amazing prizes.  Don't miss this wonderful community event held every spring at Dana Hills High School!

Join the Taste of Dana / Grad Nite 2020 committee!!  Beginning in September, we will meet once a month at 7:00pm in the DHHS staff lounge (see upcoming dates below).  All parents/guardians with DHHS students in all grad levels are encouraged to come --- bring a friend! 

Grad Nite and Taste of Dana Website:


Instagram: taste_of_dana

Facebook: Taste of Dana


Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Monday, March 23, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. (3 days before Taste of Dana!)

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7 p.m. (wrap-up meeting)

--> Meeting are held in the DHHS Staff Lounge



The Graduation CEREMONY is on Thursday, June 4 in the DHHS Stadium.  In order for Grads to spend time with their families immediately after the ceremony (photos, dinner, family celebrations), the GRAD NITE OVERNIGHT CELEBRATION begins the following night on FRIDAY, JUNE 5!

Event Starts:  Friday, June 5 – check-in, security screening and bus loading begins promptly at (TBD).

Event Ends:  Saturday, June 6 at 6:00 a.m.

Location:  it's a secret

Price:  $150

Register and Pay By: 

Bus Signups:  More details to come in May.



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