Glue-gun gang mum on what’s in warehouse for Post-Prom 2013

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Sun From left: Parent volunteers Joe Whitty, Susan Stringfellow, Diane Guididas, Mark Van Tassel, Kevin Schick, Loryn Schneid and Ethan Schneid working inside the Bohren’s warehouse on scenery for the RHS Class of 2013’s post-prom party at the high school.

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Sun
From left: Parent volunteers Joe Whitty, Susan Stringfellow, Diane Guididas, Mark Van Tassel, Kevin Schick, Loryn Schneid and Ethan Schneid working inside the Bohren’s warehouse on scenery for the RHS Class of 2013’s post-prom party at the high school.

Some of the 50 parents and businesses volunteering their time and supplies to create a fun, alcohol-free post-prom party for The Class of 2013 could be found inside a cavernous local warehouse on a recent Saturday morning armed with glue guns, boxes, duct tape and a boatload of imagination.

But don’t ask them what they’re building.

“We want the party theme to be surprise for the kids,” says Diane Guididas, the Post-Prom Planning Committee chairwoman running this crew inside Bohren’s Moving and Storage, where props more than 12 feet high are being assembled out of empty movers boxes that the decorating team is cutting, gluing, and eventually painting to create that-which-cannot-be-disclosed. At least not yet.

Post Prom is a free five-hour celebration of music, food, games and prizes that runs from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. inside the high school to give the graduating class a safe and sober way to have fun after the May 17 prom. All fundraising, planning and decorating for the event is done by parent volunteers, and each year’s party has a different theme to keep it interesting for the kids.

And when post-prom planners do a party, they’re not talking about hanging a disco ball and a few papier-mâché streamers around the gym. Last year’s winter alpine theme for The Class of 2012’s party featured life-size painted wooden cutouts of skiers suspended midflight over the second-floor railings, the largest inflatable snow globe anyone had ever seen in the center of the commons, music, dancing, a hypnotist, movies, games, and top-shelf prizes that included cameras, Xboxes and televisions to name a few.

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Sun Parent volunteers for Post Prom 2013 building scenery inside Bohren's warehouse.

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Sun
Parent volunteers for Post Prom 2013 building scenery inside Bohren’s warehouse.

Over the past several years post-prom committees for the various graduating classes have typically spent about $25,000 on the five-hour celebration using the proceeds of various fundraisers parents start planning when the kids are only sophomores. The parents say it is money well spent to ensure the kids are in an alcohol-free, chaperoned environment after the prom. The kids, on the other hand, enjoy the party so much that 99 percent of the seniors attend, including the kids who skip the formal prom itself, but still sign up to attend the after-party at RHS.

Guididas says there is a core group of about 50 parent volunteers who have been working on all aspects of the celebration, including fundraising, decorating, ordering food, buying and wrapping the prizes and gifts, getting the DJ, and making arrangements for the other entertainment and equipment rentals. Local businesses and contractors have also stepped up with donations of goods and services to help make the event possible, she said.

Photo by Lisa Angeli/ Special to the Sun Contractor (and RHS parent volunteer) Al Schillaci and Post-Prom Chairwoman Diane Guididas in front of the skeleton of the 16-foot prop Schillaci is constructing for the post-prom celebration. The top-secret prop is so tall the building's drop ceiling had to be removed in order to construct it.

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Contractor (and RHS parent volunteer) Al Schillaci and Post-Prom Chairwoman Diane Guididas in front of the skeleton of the 16-foot prop Schillaci is constructing for the post-prom celebration. The top-secret prop is so tall the building’s drop ceiling had to be removed in order to construct it.

Ted Froehlich, CEO, of Bohren’s Moving and Storage, donated the use of his warehouse on Applegate Drive and all the moving boxes the decorating committee needs to build their scenery. George Demetriades, owner of Paint Pros, will work his magic and then Bohren’s will deliver the painted scenery in a moving van to the high school when it is finished, Guididas said.

Contractor Al Schillaci, of Schillaci Builders in Robbinsville, is donating his time to build a 16-foot tall wooden structure (also top secret) inside an outbuilding near the Hamilton border, and Joseph Carfaro of Carfaro Fencing in Trenton is making the movie premiere style crowd-control stanchions for the Red Carpet event in the front of the high school, Guididas said.

The entire community is invited to watch the Red Carpet procession, when the graduating seniors and their dates emerge from the school in their formalwear and are greeted by a barrage of popping flashing bulbs from the parental paparazzi. The Red Carpet event takes place from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 17 before the students depart for their prom.

Guididas says it’s not too late for other parents of RHS seniors to volunteer. The Post Prom 2013 Committee is still in need of additional parent chaperones for the overnight post-prom festivities. Anyone who has a son or daughter graduating from RHS this year that would like to help is asked to email Rosanne Tully at Rjtully84@gmail.com.

 


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