By EMILIE NELSON
Messenger staff writer
Seniors at Fort Dodge Senior High will have a fun, safe place to gather this year following the annual senior dinner Saturday.
Fort Dodge Cares Inc., a group of concerned senior parent volunteers, has been working for the past several months to plan the annual event, which takes place at the Crossroads Mall.
Prior to coming to the all night party, seniors will attend the formal senior dinner at the Fort Dodge Country Club hosted by the junior class.
"We are doing this to promote one last thing for the kids to do as seniors," said Marsha Foster, chairwoman for the all-night party. "It gives them a chance to gather and spend time having fun with their friends and classmates."
The party will begin at 10 p.m. and conclude around 5:30 a.m. Foster encourages students to arrive early as the doors will be closed and locked shortly after 10 p.m.
"Once the students arrive, they are in for the night," she said. "They can not leave without the permission of a parent and can not be re-admitted once they leave."
The hallways and unoccupied spaces of the mall will be utilized to house such activities as a disc jockey, movies, video games, bingo and an obstacle course.
The event will also feature live entertainment provided by the band "Leaving Carroll," which is made up of FDSH students. There will also be food and drinks provided all evening.
Several area businesses have donated items and money to purchase prizes to be given away throughout the evening. Some of the available prizes will be a YMCA membership, one month Snap Fitness membership, tickets to a Minnesota Twins baseball game, jewelry, and photo sessions by local photographers.
All seniors who plan to attend Iowa Central Community College will be eligible for the drawing of a $400 scholarship donated by the college.
"Everyone who attends will wins something," said Foster.
The prizes will be separated into "boy prizes" and "girl prizes," and everyone will be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize, a $500 gift card donated by Access Audio, at the end of the night.
"This is all about keeping the kids safe with an alcohol and drug free activity," Foster said. "A lot of senior's parents are helping to make this a huge success for their kids."
The committee is still accepting monetary and prize donations from individuals and businesses. Anyone wanting to contribute may contact Foster at 570-0236 or Steve Springer at 570-1070.
Contact Emilie Nelson at (515) 573-2141 or email@example.com