At the end of the school year, after the seniors had their last day, a couple of parents got together to put on a Celebration High School Prom. It was felt it was needed, since the class of 2021 unfortunately had the pandemic steal their 2020 prom as well as homecomings and Halloween dances and so knowing that you don’t get a prom in college, some parents got together and put on a first class 2021 Prom – A Social Dis-Dance.
It was held at Universal Royal Pacific Hotel in their Wantalan Pavilion, under the stars, fantastic DJ, scrumptious buffet, face painting and henna tattoos and it all came together by various donations. We had a family donate over $1000, Nesha covered the entire cost of our photographer, Jennifer Starch created and donated our backdrop and secured our security detail as well as enabled Kelly McCarthy to do our henna tattoos and face painting and Kelley, too, donated all the handmade centerpieces!
But we need a big thank you to go out to Celebration Foundation and Kathleen Sipio, because in this COVID atmosphere, where restrictions and requirements were changing on a daily basis, Kathleen stepped up to support her young Celebration residents and Celebration Foundation donated the cost of the tunes by DJ Rafael from the Central Florida Event Pros.
The teens were a wonderful bunch and the night was lovely and smooth thanks to our volunteer chaperones, The Boro’s, The Syracuse’s, Kathleen Duran and Lone Candia.
We also caught the eye of a documentary maker. Hearst TV, Streaming Video Services, is producing a documentary about proms across the country. Through the celebratory lens of prom, the goal is to highlight the strength and resilience that young people have demonstrated this past year. In September, they’ll air the Prom-demic documentary on our local WESH channel as well as their streaming platform.