Fundraising is underway for Hatboro-Horsham High School’s biggest party of the year – post-prom.
The third annual event, which costs $15,000 to put on, features food, games, music, sports, movies, prize giveaways and more. Organizers established it as a safe haven for prom-goers to keep the party going (in supervised, substance-free fashion) after every high school student’s rite of passage.
Hatboro-Horsham School District Assistant Superintendent John Nodecker shared during this week’s school board meeting that from 1998 through 2007, 984 kids throughout Pennsylvania were killed in prom night crashes as a result of drinking and driving.
The parent-run initiative, officials have said, is a way to keep kids safe and prevent drug and alcohol use on prom night.
“It has just been amazing how quickly it has been successful,” Nodecker said.
This week the Hatboro-Horsham School Board approved contributing $2,000 to the post-prom event, which is slated for May 24 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on May 25 at Philadelphia Sports Club, 1 Highpoint Drive in Chalfont.
Helen Falguera, the Hatboro-Horsham High School Home and School President and Post-Prom co-chair, said organizers have their work cut out for them in terms of raising the remaining $13,000.
“With this donation from the school board the group then has to raise the remaining amount from parents, community businesses and fundraisers,” Falguera said.
To date, Falguera said organizers have been selling baked goods at all home football games and have planned a vendor night in December, as well as a prom fashion show for February.
"We are looking for parents to volunteer their time to help fundraise and work at events," she added.
Last year, 300 students attended and Falguera said she expects at least that many to come this spring.