After-Prom Moms seek donations, assistance for annual party

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.” Dr. Robert Goddard, American rocket engineer wrote this and, although he really was a rocket scientist, it isn’t rocket science — it’s just common sense.

Six years ago, that sense is what led four local moms to put together a supervised and fun party for promgoers to attend directly after their high school prom.

Since then, statistics show no traffic accidents have occurred with local youth on prom night, and some lucky upperclassmen have walked away with laptop computers, along with other valuable prizes, donated by the local Realtors Association and purchased by the After-Prom-Party-Committee.

Amazingly, one of the original moms, Lynn Johnson, still serves on the committee, and as its “fearless leader,” she has connected the other mom-volunteers with Ed Villanueva of Eddie B. Cookin’ and Ed’s Uptown Grill, to help raise money for this year’s party.

For the last couple years, Ed has graciously allowed a team of various moms to work at catered community events, and they in turn donated their wages to the party. The money raised each year buys some great prizes; in the past, various iPods and accessories, digital cameras and a longboard skateboard have been happily won.

Pizza, candy and coffee, soda pop and water are served at the party and the teens enjoy casino games, and different inflatable activities, like an obstacle course and jousting. There is music, games, and, as always, local businesses, like Summit Ski & Sports, Pedal and Powder and Moore and Company, give generously with donated snowboards, bikes, and the last couple years, a Nintendo WII, respectively.

Parents of juniors and seniors will receive a letter from the high school soon, regarding this year’s party. The committee asks each family to donate $10-$20 to help pay for the party; and also, as always, it could take much less if every family gives a just little.

This year, there is one more way the After-Prom Moms will raise money, and there are two easy ways anyone can help out: shopping at Saturday’s Pagosa Springs Community Center annual rummage sale, and donating something for our booth.

Donations can be dropped off at the community center Friday, April 3, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or After-Prom Mom Teri Matzdorf will come get it for you. Call 731-6676 to have your donation of sale items picked up. We’re hoping for some nice furniture, lamps and such — no clothing, please. And we will also be selling yummy breakfast and lunch foods.

This is a pretty painless way to support local youth and the efforts of their caring moms. “Resolve to be tender,” and come shop the sale on Saturday.