Written by Joe Scotchie: email@example.com Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00
The party will take place on Thursday, May 31, beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. However, as is also custom, the party’s layout will be open to the public, from 3 to 5 p.m. on that same day. Those who attend the public viewing are asked to keep it a secret from the seniors.
The party is open to all graduating seniors and is an annual opportunity for the students to celebrate their upcoming graduation in a light-hearted atmosphere with music, dancing and food, plus congratulations from their parents.
Begun in 1963, the party has long been a labor of love for parents of the graduating seniors. In fact, parents spend the entire academic year working for that one night. The co-chairs of this year’s event are Rebecca Carfi, Susan Lefcort and Wendy Levy. Along with other volunteers, they have planned, designed and constructed what organizers guarantee will be a “magical experience” for the seniors.
Organizers could only reveal that parents “have created a large-scale graduation gift to their children with a Broadway-like fantasy atmosphere.”
Much of the volunteer work has taken place inside a school district maintenance warehouse, where, for the past several months, parents have done all kinds of carpentry work and painting to create a “glitter scenery” backdrop for the evening.
Organizers have plenty of volunteers to thank for the party’s upcoming success. The art chairs include Debbie Ianniello, Grace Porti, Joni Spencer and Nancy Goldman. Senior Party themes have run the gamut from whimsical to serious over the years. This year, the anticipation remains as high as always.
Tracy Bourhill and Susan Spinner created the centerpieces, which are always a highlight of the party. Jane Dornbush and Sheryl Rothman are in charge of distributing party favors. In addition, Pam Chadroff and Wendy Shenfeld have coordinated all the donations, while Wendy Talerman has done yeoman work in communicating all the information to the senior parents. Jill Friedman, Bonni Gould and Pam Menowitz have arranged the evening’s entertainment. Meanwhile, the entire event, from set design and production, spearheaded by the Art and Carpentry Chair Vesna Hadzibabic, to the evening’s catering led by the Food Committee Chairs Ronit Kalman and Ivy Nemetsky, is underwritten by parent donations of time and money as well as the generosity of local businesses.
On Tuesday, May 15, parents representing the senior class drove around the Roslyn area delivering the party invitations so all the seniors would receive them at the same time. A blanket imprinted with the party invitation was given to every senior so that they will have a great memory of the evening to take with them after they graduate from Roslyn High School. This was the brainchild of invitation chairs, Stacy Pollack, Jane Salzman and Maria Wolfe. And as noted, a large crew of volunteers has worked diligently at the district warehouse to complete the project, while other parents have gathered food donations and will serve as wait staff during the party.
The event, as always, will be a night to remember for the graduate and is certainly a delight to those who stop by to take a peek. Area residents are encouraged to bring their cameras, enjoy the stellar efforts of the volunteers and discover the wonder of the Senior Party. But don’t forget: Keep the theme a secret—-at least until 7 p.m.