Pull Out a Fork – It’s Taste of Montrose Time
As most of you know, in addition to being the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly I am the president of CVHS Prom Plus. During the year we raise over $20,000 in order to host a post-prom event for our Crescenta Valley High School seniors and their guests. The reason why stems from the murder back in 1991 of one of our high school seniors who was killed at an unsupervised post-prom hotel party. Our shocked community gathered to create an after-prom party so prom-goers would have somewhere fun, but safe, to go after the dance.
Around 450 guests head to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA every year to enjoy the casino, climbing wall, gyroscope, mechanical bull and more that Prom Plus features. Guests are there from midnight till 5 a.m. It doesn’t cost anything for prom attendees to come; it’s included in their prom ticket. For those who don’t go to prom, they can go just to Prom Plus and pay only $20 at the door.
The reason that we don’t have to charge an entry fee to Prom Plus is that we have a series of fundraisers over the year. We begin early, usually with the Back to School barbecue in September, and continue with our holiday boutique, Open House barbecue and one of my favorites, Taste of Montrose.
Taste of Montrose is always held the first Sunday in May and is in conjunction with the Montrose Shopping Park’s Wags N Whiskers and Kids N Kritters events. Of course, the Harvest Market is also open and ready for business. Consequently, Honolulu Avenue is real busy come Sunday morning.
Taste of Montrose is one of my favorite fundraisers. It combines two of my favorite things – socializing and food. On Sunday morning you will see me along Honolulu Avenue (I was going to say walking the avenue but that sounded a bit wrong) selling tickets for Taste of Montrose and visiting with many friends and neighbors, not to mention Prom Plus supporters. I can’t wait to taste the goodness of Zeke’s barbecue and ETC Gourmet Kitchen. The sugary treats found at the Montrose Candy Co. are also on the menu this year as is fare from New Moon, Town Kitchen & Grill and Frank’s Famous. (There are more but I’m getting hungry.)
Tickets for the Taste of Montrose are just $20 and available at our office, the chambers of commerce and Merle Norman Cosmetics. I urge you to be part of this annual event. There is no other time during the year when you can sample so many restaurants for such a low cost.
Between the fundraisers, support from Crescenta Valley High School and generous financial donations from our community, Prom Plus typically is able to reach our financial goal every year. But this year we’re on shaky ground. Your support is essential to the success of the May 21 Prom Plus event at the Y. Please plan now to attend Taste of Montrose and/or perhaps send a financial donation. It goes to a good cause – I can promise you that.
Our mailing address is Prom Plus, P.O. Box 212, Verdugo City, CA 91046.