Post-prom party means post-midnight fun

When the Saturday night prom celebration is winding down around midnight at the high school, the post-prom activities at the bowling alley will be just getting under way.

Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave., has been selected to be home of the after-dance festivities, which include bowling for prizes, poker and blackjack tournaments, video games and karaoke.

"This is a great opportunity for us," Thunder Rolls manager Chris Runyan said. "It's the parents doing all the work. The doors will be open from midnight until 4 a.m."

One of the parent organizers is Becky Hertzog, whose son Evan is a junior.

"It's the parents of the juniors that are responsible for the after-prom party," Hertzog said. "The businesses in town have been incredible. We have hundreds of donated and purchased prizes for the students."

Seeking to provide a safe and fun after-prom activity, organizers will be welcoming students at the doors, and no one who leaves will be allowed to return or win prizes.

"We have six iPods, portable and regular DVD players, satellite radio units, including the prepaid cards to make them work," Hertzog said. "And that's just for the door drawings to be held every 20 minutes or so."

There also is a $300 bicycle and lots of camping gear up for grabs.

The grand prize of the evening is a Toshiba laptop computer that won't be given away until about 3:30 a.m.

"If anyone still wants to bowl until 4 a.m., they're welcome to go ahead," Hertzog said. "I think they'll be worn out by then."

The teenagers might just be worn out from the activities because everything in the building is free, she said. Quarters will be given out at the pool tables and video games, and Pat Padilla will be cooking up breakfast, including biscuits and gravy and cinnamon rolls for the estimated 150 to 200 students.

There are gas cards and gift certificates from restaurants and oil changes and haircuts to be given away throughout the evening. The high scoring boy and girl in "cosmic bowling" will each receive a new bowling ball and bag, and there are even mini refrigerators as prizes.

There will be a strong adult presence at the party, as well. The liquor has been removed from the lounge, and parents will be stationed at every door.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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