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After-prom party seeks donations

Steamboat Springs High School group is $4,000 from goal

Jack Weinstein

— This year's Steamboat Springs High School after-prom party will have a Las Vegas theme complete with casino games and prizes that will be awarded to juniors and seniors during the night.

The after-prom committee has worked to raise money that will pay for the May 1 event but still needs help, committee member Marci Valicenti said. She said the group has raised $9,000 toward its $13,000 goal.

"With times the way they are, we're just falling short of our goal with the money we're raising," Valicenti said.

When Marilyn Simon's daughter, Alyssa, was a senior in high school in 1999, Simon thought there should be an alternative to the parties with alcohol held in rented condos on the mountain. With help from parent Suzie Davenport and many other volunteers, they organized the first after-prom party.

Simon said community members supported that first event and have continued to help every year.

"It takes a lot of money and a lot of time," she said. "Without the community donating and being supportive, there's no way this could be successful."

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The after-prom party will be held at the high school, but Valicenti said students wouldn't recognize it.

"It just doesn't even look like the same place, and that's the whole point," she said. "It's like they're walking into a special world for that evening."

In addition to the games and opportunities to win prizes, Valicenti said food would be served all night. The party starts after the dance and continues until 5:30 a.m.

She said underclassmen could attend the after-prom party if a junior or senior invites them to the dance. Juniors and seniors don't have to attend the dance to attend the party, Valicenti said. She said students have to sign in and sign out if they leave. Valicenti added that if students leave, they can't return, but she said most students stay the whole time.

Valicenti said the event now includes students from The Lowell Whiteman School and Christian Heritage School.

"This is just a fun alternative to parties that otherwise could be unsafe," she said. "In Steamboat, anyway, we're hard-pressed for alternative activities. This is something the juniors and seniors definitely look forward to."

The Colorado State Patrol is conducting its first prom-season DUI enforcement campaign this year through May 23, and locally until May 16, according to a news release.

In addition to regular patrols, the State Patrol will employ additional troopers on specific weekends, including May 1 in Routt County and Meeker from Steamboat Springs High School to Meeker High School.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail

How to help

The after-prom committee is accepting checks to help pay for the after-prom party or items and gift certificates to be given away as prizes. Make checks payable to the SSHS After Prom. They can be mailed to committee treasurer Donna Garth, P.O. Box 880635, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. To donate items or gift certificates, call Garth at 879-3482.

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