The Windsor High School After Prom seems to outdo itself every year.
In its 22nd year as an event to keep the more than 500 students safe in a drug-free, alcohol-free, controlled environment at the high school following the junior/senior prom at Embassy Suites in Loveland on April 26, this year’s After Prom is loaded with prizes, games and food. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. and doors close at 12:30 a.m. April 27 with the event lasting until 3:30 a.m.
“Every year it gets bigger and bigger with the prizes that we give,” After Prom publicity chairwoman Linda Tomberlin said.
For starters, there will be scholarship money available to the lucky seniors at After Prom, which has a theme this year of Hunting/Duck Dynasty.
Peak Kia North will give away scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 to three different seniors. The scholarship winners will be randomly selected from WHS seniors who enter the contest online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/peakscholarship.
Seniors currently enrolled at Windsor High School and scheduled to graduate in May are eligible to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted through After Prom on April 26. Winners will be announced at the event.
Bank of Colorado will once again award four $250 scholarships to WHS seniors.C
Games this year include: Hamster balls, quarterback blitz, three-lane bungee, full-court press, human bowling, photo booth and poker tables.
Prizes include: Flat-screen TV, Xbox One, laptop, senior portrait packages, GoPro camera, mini fridge, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, Peyton Manning autographed jersey, $1,000 cash prize and a Microsoft Outlook tablet.
“Prizes are at the end of the night so you must be there to win,” Tomberlin said.
Tomberlin said that including the college scholarships, the value of the prizes is well over $12,000. She said the money booth alone will contain $2,500 in it.
After Prom has been the envy of other schools around northern Colorado for many years. Tomberlin said the After Prom committee always spends between $15,000-$20,000. Tomberlin said food will be donated from Wing Shack, Stuft Burger Bar and Cane’s Chicken.
“Other schools still call us for information,” Tomberlin said. “Just the other day, Eaton High School called us for some fundraising help. We’re super proud of how well it’s gone and how many people help. The number of volunteers is still growing. The number of businesses that donate in some way always just surprise me every year. It’s just a wonderful community event.”
WHS senior Wil Dressor said students really enjoy After Prom.
“It’s a great place to go. You hear all the time that After Prom is the best part of prom,” Dressor said. “The actual dance is fun, but when you go there you have fun with all your friends. They provide so much with free food and all the prizes and all the games. I know I personally am very appreciative.”
Tomberlin said that from 8-10 p.m., there will be an open house for the community.
“We want anybody to come to that, little kids and even definitely freshmen and sophomore parents who might have their kids come and see what it’s like,” Tomberlin said. “We really do need freshmen and sophomore parents to get involved so that we can continue the tradition next year. The only way that we can continue to stay successful is with volunteers. We still need lots of volunteers to make decorations, set up and be there.”
To volunteer, email email@example.com or call After Prom chairwoman Cyd Ruff at (970) 396-0340.
The After Prom committee raises money throughout the year through a fruit sale in August, Harvest Festival barbecue on Labor Day weekend and selling food during Christmas in Windsor.