Berlyn Cosman, a Crescenta Valley High School student, was murdered in 1991 at an unsupervised, post prom hotel party. The response to this tragedy was the creation of an event for seniors after the dance, something that would keep our kids local and safe, yet still provide them with a fun time. This event is Prom Plus. As an alternative to an unchaperoned party, Prom Plus offers a supervised post prom event held at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. Since 1994, from midnight to 5:00 a.m., Prom Plus has provided a variety of things for attendees to do that have included a full casino with Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Roulette plus Pool Tables, Ping-Pong, Photo Booths, DJ, Gyroscope, Acroflight, DDR, Mechanical Bull, Rock Climbing Wall, Balloon Artist, Arcade Games, Caricatures, Temporary Tattoos, Music, Dancing, Food Court (pizza, sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres, fresh fruit, freshly baked cookies, smoothies, coffee, soda) AND breakfast. Prizes too! Admission is included with the purchase of a prom ticket. Prom Plus is open to all seniors regardless whether or not they attend the prom.
Our goal is to make Prom Plus part of every senior’s prom plans, and the growing attendance over the last several years proves that the idea is catching on. On average over 425 CV High School seniors and their dates choose Prom Plus over an unsupervised party! When a prom ticket is purchased, Prom Plus admission is also included. Prom Plus is also open to seniors who do not attend the prom. They can just come to the Crescenta Cañada Y (1930 Foothill Blvd.) at midnight and pay $20 at the door.
We are always looking for creative “fun-raising” ideas and rely on the generosity of the community to recognize and support this worthy cause. In 2009, Prom Plus Club, the student arm of Prom Plus, was created to get CVHS students more involved. Our hope is to make sure Prom Plus is exactly what seniors want it to be by having all high school students involved with the planning.
In 2010, we raised awareness by sponsoring a KIIS-FM event at our school with a money booth and other prizes. The CVHS Prom Plus Club created a team and participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The Club has evolved into one of the most dynamic and respected volunteer organizations in the Crescenta Valley.
The cost of putting on this annual event is in excess of $20,000. We hold a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to raise this money, including two barbecues every school year during Back to School Night and Open House; hosting an annual Holiday Boutique; and organizing the Taste of Montrose to showcase the many fine restaurants that our city has to offer. In 2008, we participated for the first time in the Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash with proceeds split between Prom Plus and the Glendale Kiwanis.
We typically meet the last Monday of the month at Sadler Hall at St. Luke's of the Mountains (2563 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta). Plan to be a part of Prom Plus!
PROM PLUS - Saving lives one prom at a time.