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Inaugural after prom fundraising gala a success

Check out these wild ladies showing their school spirit at the RCHS parent after prom fundraising gala, which raised nearly $10,000.  Pictured left to right: Diane Keely, Heidi Wing (Gala chair), Eileen White, Sheri Ballantine, Donna Carlin, and Lesia Rehl. 

By Maria Pangalos, RCHS writer intern; photos courtesy of RCHS

Every year, Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) throws a themed after prom party that hosts about 800 students.  By doing so, they keep students in a safe environment and provide an ample amount of fun and memorable things to do after the dance.  

This year on April 9, RCHS will host its 10th annual after prom party.  Since RCHS throws the biggest post-prom party in Douglas County, money needs to be raised to pull everything together.  In November, RCHS held its first ever parents after prom gala at The Wildlife Experience in Parker.  Joy Kelly, a CP resident and mother of two RCHS students said, “Since the event raises money for future after proms, you don’t need to be a parent of someone attending prom this year to be part of helping.  It really is an event that benefits the entire community by keeping kids safe.”  

The attire of the evening was “Colorado Cocktail” and guests nibbled on appetizers while enjoying live music.  The 80s band, “The Goonies” performed, creating a pleasant atmosphere and filling the night with dancing.  Kelly said, “I’m looking forward to next year’s event because it is great to have fun with friends while earning money for a great cause at the same time.”  Heidi Wing, the chair of the gala said, “My favorite part was watching how much fun everyone was having.  I loved chairing the event and had an amazing group of women working with me on it.  I’m looking forward to chairing next year.  This is such an important cause – keeping our kids safe on prom night!”  

The tradition is set to live on and raise money for future RCHS after prom parties while simultaneously creating a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all members of the community.  

Nicole Adams (left) and Karen Bordeaux (right) attended the parents after prom gala on November 14 at The Wildlife Experience to raise money for the RCHS after prom party. 

More 80108 ladies having a great time at the gala included back row left to right:  Cindy Bryson, Joy Kelly, Tanya Brady, and Suzanne Emery; Pictured front row left to right: Robyn Myers, Heidi Wing, and Molly Lush.

Courtney Snyder served as the emcee for the evening at The Wildlife Experience on November 14.  Snyder kept the crowd entertained and the bidding high to raise money for the after prom party at RCHS.

Pictured left to right: Castle Pines residents Louis Bochner, Claire Bochner, Tami Janedis, and Heidi Hassett.



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