ALPENA - Alpena High School leadership students have been planning for prom since December, and with only 24 days to go until the main event April 12, the group only has around a third of its fundraising goal met.
In order to try and meet that goal, the leadership students have decided to partner with Big Boy and hold a celebrity server event Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. All tips received and 10 percent of the total sales will be donated to the leadership students in order to pay for dinner at prom.
"Leadership students will be working with the Big Boy servers during the dinner," Cassandra Roznowski said. "There will also be raffle tickets and baskets for the raffle."
Raffle baskets have a range of goodies in them such as gift cards and gift certificates from local business and animal pampering products along with an array of other items.
Due to decreased funding and parent involvement, KAPUT will not be able to provide the dinner for juniors and seniors before prom. The leadership class saw the importance of the dinner as a safe environment for students to come together before prom and reduce the chance of students attending prom under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
"Prom is a very big night for teens," Roznowski said. "The dinner is an important part of prom, so the leadership class decided to try and raise the money to put on the dinner."
What: Alpena High School Prom Fundraiser Celebrity Server Event
When: Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Where: Big Boy Restaurant
This year the leadership class divided into groups to tackle all the preparation for prom from dinner and decorations to advertising and looking for volunteers to help with the event.
"We need a lot of help to put on prom and are still looking for people who want to chaperone," leadership President Alex Lengerfeld said. "We could really use help with the pre-prom dinner, ironing tablecloths, setting up everything, decorating and chaperones for the event itself."
The theme this year is "Masquerade," chosen by the senior planning teams poll of students, and the color scheme for the night will include purple, teal, silver and black decorations. Amanda Stewart and Jeannie Cornelius, local designers and decorators, have volunteered to help by supplying some of the decorations for the evening and plan to help set up for prom, and a few other local businesses have donated funds or items for the event.
"Jimmy Chen and Ray Bock are helping with the dinner buffet for the night," leadership teacher Jessica Prittie said. "The leadership class has been working very hard this year to get everything into place for prom, but with only so much funding, we can't purchase everything we need for the night yet. We're looking for help with the events and set up before prom and trying to raise enough funds to provide dinner for the juniors and seniors."
The leadership students are expecting around 400 juniors and seniors to attend at the APlex, and are planning on at least around 300 to be present for dinner.
"Tickets this year are $25 each and are on sale April 2, through April 11, in room C-132 before school and at lunch," Prittie said. "The class isn't selling couples tickets this year in hopes of encouraging everyone to attend."
For more information, to volunteer or to donate please contact Jessica Prittie in the student leadership classroom at 358-5209.
Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.