The annual fresh fruit fundraiser put on by the Windsor High School after prom committee turned out to be another success.
The committee extended its orders deadline to the Tuesday of the final pickup, which increased orders for the fundraiser, said Trish Griggs, one of the three chairwomen for the event. The other chairwomen were Linda Tomberlin and Beth Kesler.
“I think we had our most successful peach sale that I’m aware of as far back as I see the numbers. We did $8,640,” Griggs said. “We had a great group of women that made phone calls. We sold over 27,000 pounds of fruit. It was fabulous this year.”
Griggs said after prom is so important for the safety of the kids.
“(After prom) is priceless,” she said. “It’s what keeps them out of trouble. It’s what keeps them in a good, safe environment, and it gives them an incredible amount of fun.”
Kesler’s son, Matthew, a 17-year-old WHS senior, helped his mom carry boxes to the cars of customers on Aug. 17.
Matthew understands that the after prom committee’s biggest fundraiser of the year is responsible for putting on one of the best after proms in northern Colorado.
“It’s pretty nice, and it’s a really good thing,” Matthew said of after prom. “A lot of work goes into it.”
The After Prom committee took orders for fresh, hand-picked Colorado fruit. Profits from the sales of the fresh peaches, apples and pears go to fund the 2014 WHS After Prom party. “This is a fun, alcohol-free alternative party for Windsor High School junior and senior students,” said Tomberlin before the fruit became available on Aug. 17 and Aug. 25.
Palisade Peaches, Ginger Gold Apples and Bartlett Pears were hand-picked and tree-ripened from Fritchman Orchards of Eckert on the Western Slope, Tomberlin said.
“Eric (Fritchman) thought it was the largest delivery we ever had here,” Griggs said. “He said there were only like 20 percent of the orchard that survived the spring freeze. He said he saves his best fruit for his fundraisers.”
Griggs said something else new that helped the fundraiser this year was the committee had a telephone number and email account available to place orders. Fruit orders were picked up at the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District administration parking lot, 1020 Main St. in Windsor.
Griggs said it took 60 to 75 people to help out during the fundraiser this year.