Traditionally, prom has been an elegant evening of celebrating with friends, and even more partying after the music has ended and the doors have closed. For many years, prom attendees have found ways to keep the partying going until the wee hours of the morning. While prom night should be a happy and memorable one, prom goers often choose to attend private parties in an effort to end the night in style. Unfortunately, there may be alcohol or drugs present at these parties and sometimes this wonderful night can end dangerously or even tragically.
Fortunately, it has been a long time tradition of a special group of Milford High School Junior class parents to provide a safe, alcohol-free, parent supervised alternative to those private parties. That special group is known as the After Prom Committee, comprised of moms and dads that see it as a need to keep students safe.
“From the initial meeting in September to the very last detail of breaking down and cleaning up after the event, the task was very ambitious, time consuming and stressful at time, but well worth every single minute once the actual event was in progress, commented Brenda Mariner, After Prom Treasurer. “We did it all for our kids and their friends.”
Several fundraisers were held to raise the money needed to put on the event including the Powder Puff football game, Quarter Auction and Operation Flamingo, where property owners were asked to send in a donation in order to have the plastic birds removed from their yard. With fundraising over, it was time to get down to the business of decorating and planning. The committee decided on a “MHS Carnival of Memories” theme and went to work putting it all together as the auditorium was converted into a game room, complete with Cornhole stations, ping pong tables, Wii Just Dance stations and a basketball hoop shoot.
According to records taken by the committee, 210 students attended this year’s After Prom Celebration. Prizes were given out throughout the evening. “The student feedback has been very positive,” commented Mariner. “The students seemed to enjoy spending the evening with their friends in this safe and friendly environment and enjoyed the food fare as well.
The committee, thanks each and every one of the many businesses and individuals that graciously supported this worthwhile cause. “Through the donation of money, food or donated items, their generosity contributed to the success and safety of the evening,” stated the 2013 MHS After Prom Committee. The committee was comprised of Dawn Coverdale, Ann Haggerty, Diana Becker, Kim Wilson, Brenda Mariner,Evelyn Cosentino, Lisa Sanders, Carolyn Lingo, Francine Currence, Lori Coverdale, Cathy Wolfe , Joyce Bonnon, Patti VanAlystne, Chris Eames, Kelly Nelson and Vicki Campbell.