by Peter Bodley
Diva Day was a first for the Coon Rapids High School Senior All-Night Party Committee.
The Feb. 24 event, sponsored by the committee at the high school cafeteria, was a fund-raiser for the senior all night party that the committee will host Sunday, June 3 following graduation of the Coon Rapids High School class of 2012.
“Our goal is to raise additional funds to help party registration costs for seniors who may be struggling financially,” said Amy Storrick, committee member.
Some students in these tough economic times might not have the money to afford the party registration fee, she said.
There was free admission to Diva Day, at which vendors sold their wares.
On sale were prom dresses and other clothes like department store jeans for up to 50 percent off as well as “unique one of a kind” clothes.
Also on sale from vendors were sterling silver jewelry; cosmetics and beauty consultation; easy-to-prepare food and gifts; purses and totes; hair feather and tinsel; cleaning products; creative vinyl designs; and cash for old gold, silver and coins.
In addition, chair massages were available where people could relax.
The 2012 Senior All Night Party will begin at 8 p.m. June 3 at the Mermaid Entertainment Center in Mounds View, the location of the event for the past several years.
But graduation ceremonies are at 1 p.m. June 3 at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
That means that, as was the case this past year, seniors will return home following graduation, then will be picked up by school buses that evening at the high school and bused to the Mermaid, before returning by bus to CRHS between 3 and 4 a.m. the next morning, according to Storrick.
“It worked out fine last year,” Storrick said.
The 2011 party had 280 students attend. The committee is hoping for 350 June 3, she said.
The party will include a full casino, hypnotist, bingo, hair and nails coloring, henna tattoos, massage and midnight bowling, Storrick said.
There are also comedy spots and trivia contests planned, she said.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]