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PHCS After Prom Committee plans Hypnotist Night Jan. 10

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PARISHVILLE - Students at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School will return to classes on Monday for a full-week slate of new material, but next Friday night will serve as an exciting and unique way to cap off their return from the holiday break.

Tthe PHCS After Prom Party Committee will be sponsoring “A night with hypnotist Michael Blaine” at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in the school’s auditorium.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the show, with general admission tickets priced at $10. Tickets for students and senior citizens are $6, while families may attend for $30. Tickets may be purchased only at the door.

Committee member Anita Sochia explained that the group runs about 10 events throughout the year, aiming to raise money for a safe and fun after prom party experience.

“We have on average about 10 big items scheduled, and we also sell refreshments at all of the home basketball games and all of the boys’ soccer home matches. We try to raise about $10,000 for the year for the after prom party in May,” Ms. Sochia said.

“We try to do different events each year, and we hadn’t done (a hypnotist.) This being the first time having a hypnotist at Parishville, we are hoping for a good response.”

Mr. Blaine has performed in the north country before, including at Franklin Academy in Malone. “He has performed locally and (the show) is family oriented so anybody can come. We had heard about his show through the other school,” Ms. Sochia said.

Mr. Blaine has also performed his hypnotist show to significantly larger audiences, highlighted by his upcoming appearance on the popular television show, “America’s Got Talent.” The hypnotist auditioned for the show in 2013.

“I think he is going to be on (America’s Got Talent) in March,” Ms. Sochia said. “We are very excited to have him come perform. His show is very cool and entertaining. The show runs for two hours, depending on how the volunteers go.

“(The students) go back on Jan. 6 and this will be a good way to kick off the next semester.”

The hypnotist night acts as the unofficial halfway point of the slew of events put together by the After Prom Party Committee, according to Ms. Sochia.

“We just finished up the memorial tree, which exceeded our expectations. We were hoping for 300 names and received about 345,” she said. “We have also had flip-flop sales and kid’s nights out. We also have a winter garage sale on Jan. 18.”

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