Prom is a once-in-a-lifetime event to look back on with good memories. While not every senior attends the formal (and expensive) affair, every senior and a date are invited to post prom events held at the respective high schools. A drug-and-alcohol free event, it is an all-nighter filled with prizes, games, food, and more memories.

Before the big events occur in June, there are hours of work and thousands of dollars to raise. High School North’s next benefit will be a fashion show at the school on Saturday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. Fashions include casual and prom wear, as well as accessories. High School North Jazz Band performs and there will be a dance performance by the South Asian Student Association. There will also be an Indian and Chinese fashion show. Cash and carry vendors will be on hand and there will be a silent auction for prom-related products and services. Refreshments. $20.

Vendors include Primadonna’s Closet, Oh No So Ho, Fantasy Weddings by Anna Marie, New Hope Apparel, and ChazMaTazz Formal Wear.

Fashions include prom dresses as well as casual clothing. The first fashion show was held three years ago, in 2002. Elvina Pettus, a parent with a senior that year as well as this year agreed to chair the event. The clothing supplier, Georgeanne Dantone, owner of New Hope’s Primadonna’s Closet, was a senior parent then, and has another child now who is a student at High School North.

Pettus does bookkeeping at home for a payroll service. “It allows me to run to school and to be more involved,” she says. Her daughter, Erin, is a senior and will be one of the fashion models.

High School South’s next benefit will be held on Saturday, February 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. My Sister’s Closet will be open at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church, South Mill Road, West Windsor. Formal and semi-formal dresses and gowns for sale at reduced prices.

The idea for the event was presented by Cheryl Prima, co-chair of the post prom committee. Alex Lawrence, a member of the Child Study Team at High School South and a parent of a senior, Sasha Lawrence-Persad, offered to chair the committee.

“Many girls either cannot afford or do not want to purchase dresses for the prom at retail price,” says Lawrence. “The gowns we have been receiving are beautiful and very much in style.” The dresses will sell for $25 or less. There are also shoes and purses available for purchase.

Donations of formal and semi-formal dresses may be brought to the school’s main office until Tuesday, February 8. Either Lawrence or Ann Claire Kasper, a school nurse, should be notified. Private showings are available at the school through Friday, February 11. The unsold merchandise will be donated to an appropriate cause.

High School South is also collecting McCaffrey’s receipts which can be dropped off in the main office of the school. For High School South post prom information, call Cheryl Prima at 609-275-3662.

On Saturday, March 19, both high schools host clothing drives. The items will be picked up by American Used Clothing, a relief organization that ships the items to Europe to be sold in thrift-type stores. Post Prom receives 10 cents per pound for items donated. All donations are tax-deductible.

Clothing Drive, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Post Prom, 90 Grovers Mill Road, Plainsboro, 609-716-5000, ext. 5100. Collecting clothing, linens, shoes, handbags, and stuffed toys. Items should be in plastic bags and brought to the loading dock area to the right rear of the high school. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clothing Drive, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South Post Prom 2004, Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-275-8779. Bring used clothing including outerwear, shoes, boots, hats, belts, ties, scarves, handbags, linens, curtains, sheets, towels, and stuffed animals in sturdy plastic bags. Bring to loading dock in Penn-Lyle parking lot. Tax deductible receipts are available. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.