Celebration was a night to remember for seniors and their guests! After several months of planning by a team of volunteers, the "Grease" theme came to life at Rydell High School with a glittering entrance featuring lighted columns, a red carpet, balloon columns, poster-sized photos of students. Main Street was transformed into a festive carnival with a balloon arch; cotton candy, popcorn, and hot dogs; a raffle table laden with prizes and buzzing with seniors; and an exciting casino. The cafeteria became a classic '50s diner with a pink-and-black color scheme and lavish offerings of food donated from area businesses. Other entertainment included a photo station, karaoke, psychics, tattoo and carictature artists, and a DJ. The transformation took place from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. with the help of 160+ volunteers, and the party started at 11:30 p.m.
On behalf of the seniors and their parents, the PTSO thanks Celebration Chair Eileen Rielly; area leaders Cindy Laughrea, Michelle Markert, and Regina Wing; and team leaders Istvan Bonyhay, Randy Ellis, Barbara Joseph, Paul Keyes, Jody Klein, Antoinette Lyons, Christine McLennan, Jodi Narahara, Scott Roth, Una Simmons, Gail Stein, and Paul Zagaeski for all of their hard work.
Celebration achieved its goal of keeping Newton North seniors local and safe by providing an evening of great entertainment and delicious food in an amazing setting. Thank you to everyone in the Newton North community who volunteered time or expertise, and thanks to all who donated funds or raffle items in order to make Celebration a success. Thanks to Newton North administrators, office staff, custodians, Beals House, Graphics, and Theatre Ink for going the extra mile for us, as always!
Special thanks to area businesses that supported Celebration by donating food and helping with food handling: Anna’s Taqueria, Antoine’s Bakery, Bertuccis, Newtonville Pizza, O'Hara's, Russo's, Tango Mango, Wally's Ice Cream, Wegmans, Whole Foods, and Whitsons.