Putting It All Behind Me
I am delighted to share with you the success of this past weekend. As most of you may remember, Saturday night/Sunday morning was Prom Plus, the after-prom event held at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA for Crescenta Valley High School seniors and their guests. I’ll tell you now that I was nervous going into the event.
Of course, in all honesty, I’m nervous every year that we host Prom Plus. After all, we have no way of knowing how many kids are going to attend, what they’re going to think of the activities offered and the theme chosen. I’ve been associated with Prom Plus since 1999 when my eldest son, Patrick, was a senior, and have seen attendance from the mid-100s to our highest last year of 453 attendees. This year saw changes on our executive board as well as those who traditionally serve during the event. For example, our “smoothie lady” couldn’t help out this year (the first time in 15 years that she wasn’t mixing up batches of smoothies for our attendees). Her mom had taken ill and she was her primary caregiver. Our kitchen diva stepped down after years of running the kitchen – an incredible undertaking when one considers the amount of work and coordination it takes to feed hundreds of kids all night long. We also had a new electrician to hook up the thousands of dollars in activities (bungee jump, laser tag, zip line) that we ordered.
No wonder I was biting my acrylic nails.
But I could have saved the trouble. We recruited new moms to help out at the smoothie table and they did a phenomenal job. My son Andrew, a graduate of the culinary school Johnson & Wales, oversaw the kitchen and all its intricacies. While I was gnawing away at my fingertips, panicked that we weren’t going to have enough food, Andrew quietly assured me and those in the kitchen that we had plenty. And he was right. Thanks in part to the detailed instructions left by the previous kitchen queen and the experience of Andrew, we had perfect amounts of food. Under the direction of the new electrician, no activities were interrupted due to lack of power.
And at 5 a.m., while the last of the attendees were heading out the door, the cavalry – literally – arrived on scene in the form of our local vets. These guys came and in no time were tearing down and boxing up the decorations, dishes and miscellaneous paraphernalia that creates the magic that is Prom Plus. Members of the Prom Plus Club, the student arm of Prom Plus, were also at the Y to help out. By the time the Y members arrived they probably had no idea that just hours before the facility had been transformed into a boardwalk like you find at the beach.
And how many kids attended Prom Plus? Well, it wasn’t 453 – it was 450! Pretty darn close to our all-time high.
Thank you to everyone who made Prom Plus possible. It’s a $25,000 party that takes months to plan and couldn’t happen without the dedication of many people. So thanks to you all.
Now, I’m off to get a manicure.