For the first time in more than a decade, Summit High School students have the option of continuing one of the most memorable nights of their teenage years at an all-night after-prom party.
Organized by a group of parents and the Drug Free Community Coalition, the Saturday event is designed to be a safe, substance free and fun environment, according to organizer Peggy Hiller, giving them a healthy alternative to drinking, driving and making risky decisions.
Statistically, from prom to graduation is the riskiest time of year for high school students, according to event organizers.
"After-prom is going to be a really fun experience for kids and it's something new to do," said student and prom committee organizer Courtney Seaboldt. "Hopefully after this it will become a tradition."
The night takes place at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, and includes casino-style games like blackjack and roulette, a comedy hypnosis show, a pool party, a photo booth that can fit up to 15 people, a DJ, karaoke, lots of food and "wacky gym games." One of the games is a giant human bowling ball set-up, according to Hiller. One teenager is actually inside the ball, while others push them down the lane.
At the end of the event, there will be a raffle for all attendees, where gifts and grand prize valued at more than $1,000 will be given away. It's not only supposed to be a fun end to the night, but an incentive for teens to stay through the whole event, which ends around 5 a.m.
"We are hoping to pull out all the stops on this event so that teens will come and we can start the tradition of a great after-prom for many years to come," Hiller said.
The cost for attendees is $10 for the whole night. While the center will be locked, teens will be allowed to leave before it ends with the verbal consent of parents.
Funds for the event have been raised through grants from the Rotary Club of Summit County, the federally funded Substance Abuse and Nental Health Services Administration and parent donations. Additional funds, or donations for raffle prizes are still being accepted. A well-running used vehicle would be accepted as a grand prize, Hiller said.
To donate, volunteer as a chaperone, or find out more about after- prom, please contact Heather Skrypek at (970) 668-2077 or Peggy Hiller at (970) 513-5740.