Most adults have a distinct memory of what is supposed to be the most memorable night of a teenagers life: the prom. Looking back to prom night, however, it is not always a pleasant memory. Its often a remembrance of the anxiety about finding a date, having sweaty palms and wearing miles and miles of taffeta while standing amid plastic decorations.
To plant a newer, better memory in adults minds, the Five Acre School Parent Service Organization decided to come up with an unusual fundraiser an adults-only prom called The Glitz.
Its the prom for grown-ups, said Juanita Ramsey-Jevne, co-founder of Five Acre School. Its the prom like you thought the prom was going to be, without the insecurities.
The band The Fabulous S-Curves, which includes Ramsey-Jevne, will provide musical entertainment and play a range of songs, she said.
Well be playing top hits from mainly the 1950s and early 1960s, but theres quite a bit from the 1940s and even some from the 1920s, Ramsey-Jevne said of the range of music the band plans to play, from country and western to rock and roll. You know, this music was so much fun and we didnt appreciate it back then. Its all about danceable music.
The musical group includes Ramsey-Jevne, longtime Five Acre School horse program volunteer Wendy Whittemore and Seattleite Christine
Wright, accompanied by a four-piece band.
According to Five Acre School administrator Victoria Baird, 12 percent of the approximately 100 students who attend the private school receive scholarships, totaling $25,000, and 100 percent of the proceeds from The Glitz will go to the school.
Another touch that Ramsey-Jevne said is sure to top the original prom: raffle packages that include shopping sprees, snowboarding packages and home improvement packages and a silent auction that puts up meals and trips and various neat stuff up for bidding.
Ramsey-Jevne said the event, which is in its seventh year, is a chance for people to pull out their dress-up clothes and get their photographs taken by a professional.
We transform the SunLand ballroom into this sophisticated prom room, she said of the event, which includes hors doeuvres and dessert. True to the laid-back theme, if you dont feel like getting dressed up, thats fine too. The emphasis is really on the dancing and laughing and singing along.
Ramsey-Jevne paused, and then added with a laugh: This is like the rehabilitation therapy of the real prom.
Dancing for a cause
What: The Glitz dance, presented by the Parent Service Organization of Five Acre School
When: Saturday, Feb. 23
Where: SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive
Tickets: $50 per person
Contact: Ambur Taft, 683-8656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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