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Plumas Charter School teachers, staff and friends gather at the ’80s prom event, which raised money to support the school’s enrichment programs. Back from left: Maggie Hennessy, office manager; Ingrid Burke, public relations specialist; Melissa Gilbert, teacher; Lindsey Kimzey, instructional aide and event organizer; Rebecca Glaspy, enrichment instructor; Cindy Thackeray, teacher; Leslie Pace, enrichment instructor; Lori Hahn, special education director and interim Quincy site director; and Toni Hymas, PCS parent. Front, from left: Mandi Fullerton, instructional aide; Inge Stock, teacher; Becky Powers, counselor; Melanie Strahm, teacher; and Aleda White, PCS friend. Photo courtesy Plumas Charter School

’80s prom raises money for Plumas Charter School

Mountain Valley Parents Club, the support organization for Plumas Charter School, reported that the second iteration of the group’s ’80s prom event, held Oct. 5, was again successful in raising funds for the school.

Organizer Lindsey Kimzey said she came up with the idea for an ’80s prom themed event for adults in order to give friends and neighbors “a chance to dress up and have a night out.” Last year’s event was such a success that she decided to bring it back again.

“Quincy has so many wonderful community events, often at the same time,” said Kimzey. “We were excited to bring back ’80s prom for those that were unable to attend last year and for those that wanted to do it again! ’80s music and fashion are so much fun and over the top. It’s a great decade to celebrate!”

This year’s event, which was again held at the Tulsa Scott Pavilion at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, boasted a bigger dance floor, an ’80s video montage, an extended photo booth, and a bigger silent auction.

Prom-themed contests returned: This year, best costume went to James Shipp, dressed as Richard Simmons; best dancer went to Rebecca Glaspy; and prom king and queen went to Leah Johns and Whitney Whiting.

Kimzey reported that in all, the event raised about $3,200 for PCS enrichment programs and activities.

She offered heartfelt thanks to her “prom committee”: Mel Strahm, Autumn Zernich, Ali Pence, Mandi Fullerton and Melissa Gilbert. They met every week for months to plan the event. In addition, “so many others volunteered their time to help decorate, clean up, bring appetizers, and so much more!”

Kimzey said she was also grateful for the incredible generosity of local businesses. “So many amazing businesses donated that we were able to raise almost $1,000 on the silent auction alone!”

As for next year, Kimzey said she and the MVP Club are already discussing plans. “In the future we will definitely visit other decades,” she said. “Next year it will be a different theme … and we think it’s kind of amazing,” she said, with a wink.

For more information about Plumas Charter School or the Mountain Valley Parents Club, call 283-3851, or find the school and the club online.

Ingrid Burke is the public relations specialist for Plumas Charter School.

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