by Neil Chandra on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Each year, Milton Academy’s graduating class funds its senior prom through the annual Senior Showcase. On the 2nd of February, the Class of 2013 hosted this year’s Senior Showcase, a talent show exhibiting their diverse talents including rap, standup comedy, ukulele, and more.
Courtside seats to a Celtics game, a $500 Apple gift-card, a parking space in Ware Loop for the year, and even a lunch with Headmaster Bland were among this year’s raffle prizes. Generous donors, mostly Class I parents, provided the raffle gifts as an incentive for students to attend Senior Showcase. Even parents and faculty members were able to buy raffle tickets. Billed primarily as a fundraising event, Senior Showcase is also regarded as a unifying experience for the senior class prior to the start of their last semester at Milton.
Hosted by Sam Clifford (I) and Matt Rohrer (I), the event turned out to be a success on all levels. According to Titania Nyguen, “it was really cool to see all the seniors come together to make the event a success… also Nelson Barette [I] played a beautiful penny flute.” Many other attendees echoed similar sentiments about the coordination of the event. Class I dean Linnea Engstrom wanted to highlight “the important roles Adam [Rochelle] and Oona [Newman] played in coordinating the entire process.” In addition, the majority of students believed that the event maintained an important senior tradition.
The raffle brought in more than $8,300. One of the main concerns, however, was that the value of tickets sold would not eclipse the face-value of items being raffled. This concern quickly dissipated as the raffle brought in well over the value of monetary contributions and presented significant turnover for donated, non-monetary items. Ms. Engstrom emphasized “that it was definitely a fundraising event, and all that money goes to the price of Senior Prom.”
The school, according to Mark Balboni (III), “managed to bring together a bunch of the student body [and] give people cool stuff.” In this sense, one of the underlying benefits of raffling instead of selling donated items is that the winner is guaranteed to be a part of the Milton community.
Despite “fewer weeks spent on fundraising prior to the event,” Ms. Engstrom indicated that the Class of 2013 secured more than a sufficient quantity of donations. Ideally, the proceeds from Senior Showcase could reduce prom tickets that potentially cost upward of $125 to well below $60.
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