When the Hesperia High School Class of 1998 holds its 10 year reunion this July, they'll be doing more than catching up with their classmates: They'll be helping to make a sick child's wish come true.

"One of the girls on the committee ... she was doing a breast cancer walk," said Sara Templeton, class president and reunion planning committee co-chair. After graduation, Templeton married a Marine and lived for years in 29 Palms and the family has recently been posted to Texas. "And someone immediately said 'why don't we do a charity as well as part of our class reunion?'"

The reunion will be held at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center and have a casino theme. The committee is soliciting donations and casino game sponsorships and 20 percent of both donations and sponsorships will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, as well as $2 of each admission ticket.

"We wanted to do something that was out of the box," said Candice Gilliatt, ASB co-vice-president and committee co-chair. Gilliatt married her high school sweetheart and is in marketing. "That's something our class was really good about in the past."

The Class of 1998 was trailblazers for future Hesperia and Sultana High School classes, she said.

"One of the things that we were famous for -- it seems silly now -- was getting our prom out of the High Desert," Gilliatt said. The 1998 Hesperia High School prom was held at Edwards Mansion in Redlands, not at a high school gymnasium or at the Victor Valley Mall, where previous proms had been held.

This summer, they hope to break new ground once more.

"Everybody's excited and they say they're going to come," said Templeton.

For more information about the reunion, or on how to make a donation, send an e-mail to templetonsn@yahoo.com.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.