Lighthearted and Looking Ahead to Summer
As regular readers of the CV Weekly know, prom season is a chaotic one for me. It’s not the prom that I fuss over; it’s the after-prom party, Prom Plus, that puts me in a panic.
Prom Plus is held at the Crescenta-Cañada Y for CVHS seniors and their guests. It’s a $20,000-plus party that we hold so our kids will have someplace to go after prom that is very fun and very safe. Though I stress out every year, this year was particularly crazy-making because the prom was moved up a week from previous years. Historically, prom (and Prom Plus) is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and our regular volunteers pencil us in every year. But this year the date was changed.
Consequently we welcomed several new volunteers who were placed in key positions – registration, security and kitchen duty to name a few. Understandably I was nervous. But it turns out that I needn’t be. The people who stepped in were awesome. From the people who worked registration to our dealers in the casino to the pros who patrolled for security, there were few hiccups – and what there were went unnoticed by our guests.
I want to thank L.A. Partyworks, the company Prom Plus has used for 22 years that provides the “toys” – mechanical bull, rock climbing wall, gyroscope, laser tag, etc. Juan is phenomenal to work with and was generous with our budget. Thank you to South Bay Casino for the casino set up, to our balloon lady Shelly Ann, to our fortune teller Sabrina, to our power guru Marty Smith of Sosound, to Robin Siefert and the Y for the use of the kitchen and the Y facilities, to Roger & Tracy Frey who ran the kitchen, to our smoothie people, our prize room crew and our henna tattoo artists.
And donations – whether for food or cash, the community came through. I was nervous we wouldn’t have enough of either, but – again – I needn’t have worried. Four giant trays of mac n cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, Panera pastries, 26 pizzas (yes all donated), quesadillas (courtesy of Los Gringos) kept tummies full all night. And prizes! We gave away two big screen TVs, a microwave, gift cards, tool kits – thank you, Joe Allen for overseeing our prize room.
Finally to our Prom Plus Club members who turned out en masse to ensure that the seniors had a great night: for every bag of trash you hauled away and every decoration that you hung at 11 p.m. and took down at 5 a.m. – thank you. You guys are the best.
I have always been proud to call the Crescenta Valley my home and the support Prom Plus received is just one reason why. Thank you to everyone.
You may not have noticed but for the May 12, May 19 and today’s issues of the CV Weekly, we had a temporary designer come in while our regular go-to guy Steve Hernandez was on vacation. I liked La Crescenta resident Denise Camner right from the start – not only was she good at design, but (like me) she’s a Gemini! So though I might be wearing the birthday crown and scepter (see my photo at top – my birthday is Monday) I gladly share it with her.
Thanks, Denise; we appreciate all your hard work.
Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly.
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