The following is a summary of the meeting from December 2014.  Fundraising was a focus of the meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Fundraising (Marsha Marin) – Several fundraising ideas that were allocated in the budget, have not developed or not been profitable. Plans for a reverse raffle in mid-February have not been able to be finalized.  Discussed additional fundraising ideas at length. This included:

  • Road rally or photo scavenger hunt;
  • Car raffle;
  • TV Raffle at pancake breakfast in March;
  • Wine night at Colonial Beverage or Aurora;
  • Limo Raffle;
  • Restaurant week or month;
  • Prom Fashion show;
  • Football squares;
  • Poinsetta plant was not profitable;
  • HoneyBaked ham sale was held for the Christmas holiday.

Settled on moving full speed ahead on coordinating a wine tasting around Valentines Day. Marsha will reach out to venues and start to coordinate.  Marsha is looking for volunteers to assist with fundraising events. 

Parent Donation (Robin Leuchtag not present): letter were mailed to all parents.

 Business Donation (Maria Federico not present): business donation letters have been mailed to local business and colleges.

Decorating (Wayne Burwell): We have decorating site. Floor is prepped. Would like to start collecting cardboard. Need dads to help move things from the barn right after the holidays. Plan to make sets in stages. Will also need an electrician. Tamara confirmed with Andi Jahnke that her art students would love to help with After Prom.

Midway (Terri Lyles): The committee met last week and is planning to meet again next week. They are meeting with the decorating committee immediately after this meeting. They will have suggestions by the next meeting.

Prizes (Joan Bonfich):  Some prizes have been purchased, but is being conservative on spending.

Food (Meg Clark):  Is planning on setting up concessions at Girls Basketball games and possibly gymnastics.

No reports from other committees.

Discussion had again regarding the time of After Prom. Revisited discussion at the end of last month’s meeting. Since prom ends at midnight and the students have been staying the last couple of years to the end. Voted to have After Prom from midnight to 3:00 a.m.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 21st, 2015 for a Wine Tasting event at Colonial Beverage.  We are looking forward to spending time with friends for an evening with appetizers, basket raffle and more.  Watch for more details coming soon!

After Prom is looking for volunteers to assist with the fundraising, decorating and flea market committees.  It takes a village to fund raise and create the After Prom experience.  Volunteer just a few hours or dedicate more.  We are specifically looking for someone with experience with organizing a reverse raffle, someone to organize the bake sale for the flea market, basket raffle and vendor areas.  E-mail Tamara Brininger at TamaraBrin@gmail.com if you can help.

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Malley’s candy bars are available to purchase at the WG Boy’s basketball games and from Ann Allegretti.  They make great stocking stuffers and to give as gifts to everyone you know who loves chocolate as special way to say happy holidays!  After the holidays consider taking a box to sell at work, or to neighbors, friends and family.  Each bar is $1.00 and After Prom makes a 50% profit to fund After Prom.  For more details contact Ann Allegretti at razem@earthlink.net.

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No waiting in lines for your holiday HoneyBaked Ham!  Order ham, turkey, dessert and other delicious items from HoneyBaked Ham to make the holidays easy for Mom!  Best of all you can order by e-mail and quickly come and pick up your ham right here in Chesterland.  We promise you that there will be no long lines and no standing in the cold!  Order your hams by December 17th by contacting Troy Kucera.  Pick up will be on Monday, December 22nd from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 12662 West Geauga Plaza at our decorating site located in the old ceramic studio.  Click here for order form Ham Flier.  For more details or to order your ham contact Troy Kucera at TroyEKucera@aol.com or by phone at (440) 748-2714.

Poinsettia-ColourPoinsettias will arrive in Chesterland just in time for the holidays.  After Prom is selling 6″ red poinsettia plants for $15.00 and 8″ plants for $25.00.  You can order your beautiful plants by sending an e-mail to WGAfterProm@yahoo.com, by Wednesday, December 3rd.  Plants can be picked up at the West Geauga High School, near the cafeteria on Saturday, December 6th from 9:00 to noon.

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Bada Bing gift certificates make great stocking stuffers and are available for sale from the Fundraising After Prom Committee. Each gift certificate is $25.00. For each certificate sold – a portion comes back to After Prom.
Cash or checks made out to After Prom. Contact Marsha Marin at WGAfterProm@yahoo.com to purchase your gift certificate in time for the holidays!

If you love garage sales and rummage sales then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for! The After Prom flea market is one of our community traditions and an exciting fundraising event.  We are still looking for a chairperson to take this committee position and help us create a successful event.  The flea market will be held on March 15th, during one of the Kiwanis pancake breakfast weekends.  Round up your friends, who can help with the vendor area, bake sale, basket raffle, and help us plan for a weekend of deals!  If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Tamara Brininger at TamaraBrin@gmail.com

After discussing multiple theme ideas, the After Prom committee voted that the theme for the Class of 2015 will be “It’s Time for Me to Fly”.  As our students are now getting ready to leave the nest and take flight to see the world, it was an appropriate theme.  We wanted to emphasis that the world is at the student’s feet, and that there are many pathways to take.  More details will be discussed and finalize when our decorating committee starts planning the details of how to make “It’s Time for Me To Fly” and amazing After Prom event for our students and their guests.

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Our next After Prom meeting is Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the West Geauga High School library.

This year’s theme is “It’s Time for me to Fly” will be a main topic of discussion. Topics will  also include continuing fundraising ideas, decorating topics, logo development and committee chair reports.

If you have a passion for garage sales and repurposing, consider being the chair for our annual flea market. This is our biggest fundraising event and an exciting part of our After Prom tradition.  We can help you build a committee that includes volunteers for basket raffle, bake sale, vendor and flea market sales.  We would love to have you be a part of our After Prom team!  Contact Tamara Brininger at TamaraBrin@gmail.com for more details.