Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School after-prom party is shaping up to be a testament to the community's support of a fun and sober prom.
After-prom co-chairwoman Marilyn Simon said the committee has been overwhelmed by the community support of the event.
"We've never seen anything like it. I've worked on many committees and it's been a pleasure working with the community on this. Everybody's been so supportive," she said. "This is a function that's needed in this town and everybody's willing to help the kids. We've gotten more support than I ever anticipated."
Simon estimated that they have received 200 to 300 donations from local businesses and individuals. The evening would have cost from $9,000 to $10,000, she said.
The prom is May 6 from 9 to 12:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom and the after-prom party is scheduled for 1 to 5:30 a.m. at the high school.
This is the first after-prom event in several years in Steamboat and is organized by a group of parents who wanted to offer an alternative, alcohol-free event to students that will hopefully keep them off the road and in a safe place.
The night will begin with a "Who wants to be a $100 richer?" trivia contest, swing and line dance lessons from J.W. Morgan, a karaoke station, a dance floor with DJ music, basketball, an all-night food court, a hypnotist and hourly prize drawings. One of the big attractions is inflatable structures for five games including a bungee run and laser tag maze.
At the end of the night, there will be drawings for electronics and cash.
Simon said that the parental support has also been incredible, with 100 parents signed up to set up, chaperone and clean up the night of the event.
"The kids are going to be blown away at the decorations," she said.
While Simon said they are set for donations for the night, she wants next year's event to have a good start financially and is still accepting cash donations.
"We want to leave some kind of seed money for the committee next year," she said. "This is the beginning of a tradition."
Simon said that a committee will begin approaching local businesses for next year's event earlier so it can be part of their budgets.
"I'm optimistic," she said. "The party will be as good if not better next year."
The Steamboat Springs High School junior class is looking for cash donations for the May 6 prom in order to keep students at the event all night.
"What we've found over the past few years is that having a free raffle makes kids stay for the whole night," junior Jennifer John said.
John said that cash is the best draw, although they would accept merchandise and have already received donations from many local businesses.
She said she knows the community is asked to donate to many things, but said this is important.
Donations can be sent to Steamboat Springs High School at P.O. Box 774368, Steamboat Springs, 80477 or dropped off at the high school.
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