The Ruff House Family Entertainment Center is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the Fremont and Archbishop Bergan Post-Prom event, which every year hopes to provide a safe and fun option for kids to attend after their prom.
The fundraiser will be held on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, when, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., participants can pay $10 to get three hours of play on the Ruff House’s trampoline and playground, along with two games of Wipeout. Jump socks are not included in the price.
Ruff House will give 25 percent of all of the money earned from the entrance fee to the Post Prom Committee.
“It’s a huge value,” said Heather Gossett, who is the solicitations chair for the Post Prom committee. “That’s a $25 value typically.”
Every year, Post Prom provides food, entertainment, games and high-end prizes that in past years have included laptops, Apple watches and more. Past years’ events have been valued at around $15,000, the Tribune has previously reported.
The event is completely free for students to attend, funded through donations and events like this one. Business and community partnerships have played a particularly large role in ensuring the event happens each year, Gossett said.
“We would not be able to have a free and safe event for the juniors and seniors of Fremont without our community partners,” Gossett said. “They truly step up to the plate, they knock it out of the park for us every year, which, again, gives us this wonderful event that is free for all of the kids and their guests, with food, live entertainment and killer grand prizes.”
Each year’s event has a theme — last year’s was “Life’s a Beach” — and this year’s event will take on a Las Vegas flair with a theme called “Roll With Us.”
It will feature Las Vegas-themed entertainment and decorations, as well as a yet-to-be announced entertainment act.
The last two years featured a hypnotist, who was well-received by the students. But Gossett noted that they typically try to vary up the entertainers each year, and this year will feature someone new.
Post Prom will start at midnight on prom night, which is April 27 this year.
Other fundraising events are coming up as well — Raising Cane’s hosts a monthly fundraiser where a portion of all purchases go toward the Post Prom event. The next one is Feb. 20.
Additionally, the Post Prom committee is always looking for more parent donations. Donations can be made at https://www.facfoundation.org/postprom.html