PARISHVILLE - A handful of parents of Parishville-Hopkinton Central School upperclassmen are holding a chicken barbecue Sunday in efforts to make the after-prom experience as safe and fun as possible.
The barbecue starts at 11 a.m. at the AMVETS building on Catherine Street in Parishville.
The event is one of many parents typically put together throughout the school year.
The first event of the year is the chicken barbecue on Sunday. Each year a small group of parents raises up to $10,000 for the after prom party, Anita Sochia said. We do other things throughout the year. We have three different Kids Nights,turkey dinners at town hall, etc. We also have Red and White Night, where the juniors and seniors take on the teachers in various activities and games. We have a hypnotist come, we sell flip flops, and were doing a dodgeball tournament in April. All of the money we make goes to providing a safe, fun alternative for prom night for the juniors and seniors.
The PHCS prom is a dance for both juniors and seniors and one of Ms. Sochias children is a junior this year. She has also been on the committee that runs the various events for a few years.
Ms. Sochia explained that the committees connection with the AMVETS of Post 265 is new, but the group has been extremely helpful during the entire process.
The AMVETS are donating all of their time and the chickens for the event. This is the first year that weve worked with them. It starts at 11, and we did do just 150 chickens. We will do deliveries to seniors on Mill Street here in Parishville as well, she said. This is our first chicken barbecue, but we expect to sell all 150 chickens with no problem.
With the prices of dresses, tuxedos and other formal wear seemingly rising, prom night can be an expensive experience. The committee responsible for throwing an after-prom party faces serious costs as well, so Ms. Sochia said that she and the other parents have set modest expectations for each event held.
Any of the activities we hold, we hope to make between $500 and $1,000. But we dont know how much it is going to cost since its our first barbecue weve done, Ms. Sochia said. We hope everyone will come out and support this great event.