Sparkling ornaments featuring flip sides of baby pictures and senior pictures of graduating seniors hung from ribbons from the ceiling of the Livingston Elk’s Lodge last Thursday evening as Park High Seniors modeled fashions through the ages from local shops.
The event was only one of many fund raisers for the Senior All Night Party which will be held June 4, 2011 at Treasure Lanes Bowling Alley and Music Ranch Montana.
“If it saves one life, it’s all worth it,” says Sheila Segil, mother of a graduating senior and one of dozen or so parents who have spearheaded fund raising efforts for the all-night senior party.
Having an extensive background in paper arts, Sigel also designed the elaborate custom-made decorations such as senior portrait centerpieces which are still available for sale to benefit the party.
The annual Senior All Night Party offers a safe, drug and alcohol-free venue for local seniors to celebrate their graduation.
Nearly $12,000 is needed to fund the annual event, which will include bowling, inflatables, a gaming station from Game Stop in Bozeman, salsa dancing lessons, poker, laser tag and taco and ice cream bars among other activities lasting through the night and until the following morning. Nearly 90 percent of the roughly 120 graduating seniors attend the event, says Segil.
A number of raffles and fund raisers continue in the months leading up to the event, including the “Goat-o-Gram” promotion on April Fool’s Day, and raffles of an Apple Ipad and a “Queen For A Day” basket containing $500 worth of beauty treatments, services and products.
The event is presented purely by donations from senior parents and the community. Local businesses and organizations such as the Rotary Club, local school bus drivers, Montana’s Rib and Chop House, Dan Meyer, the Livingston Elk’s Lodge and many others also donated time, energy and resources to the party and the fund raising activities.
The theme for the elaborate April 14 fashion show fund raiser this year was “A Walk to Remember,” and included fashions from the Curated Closet, Grandma’s Treasures, Wild West Clothing, Timber Trails, The Spur Line, and Incognito Costume Shop in Livingston; Lilly Lu, Re-Couture and Sugar in Bozeman; and the online Etsy shop The Dust Peddler. Clothes modeled included designs from the turn-of-the-century to modern western and urban chic.
Senior girls modeled the fashions on a raised runway for a packed house at the Elk’s Lodge and the event raised nearly $2,000 for the Senior All Night Party. Segil says fund raising committees have reached about two-thirds of the total amount needed to put the party on and says they hope to reach goals for putting on the event by the end of next month with continuing raffles and donations.
Segil notes parent chaperones are still needed for the event at Treasure Lanes and at Music Ranch Montana June 4. For more information about the raffles listed or to volunteer for the event, contact Segil at 222-6684 or Janice Berg at 222-1120. Donations for the event may be sent care of Rainbow Enterprises, 111 West Lewis, Livingston, 59047.
Like the all-night party, the senior fashion show fund raiser is also an annual event and businesses or organizations wishing to be involved in next years’s activities are invited to contact the numbers above.