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Chateau Briand holds free prom for LBHS seniors
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Courtesy Long Beach High School PTA
At the PTSA Morning Madness post-prom party at Dave and Busters, senior Brenda Cespedes, left, in front, won a new car, while Kristan Ramnarine, right, in front, won a new laptop. They are pictured with Morning Madness committee members Randi Andosca, left, Linda Birnbaum, Rhonda Healy, Principal Gaurav Passi and Ann Marie Scandole.

In April, Chateau Briand’s Victoria Scotto took things a step further when she hosted a Prom Dress Party, where seniors had the opportunity to choose a new or donated prom dress and accessories like handbags, and costume jewelry supplied by Estelle’s Dressy Dresses, Vivo Hair Salon, Tuxedo Park, Kiersten’s Jewelry of Holbrook, Men’s Wearhouse, Frippery Boutique, Thomas Knoell and Body Rock DJ. Bridal Reflections donated 150 dresses, and the Manhattan-based Dessy Group provided 50 gowns. There were also raffles and giveaways such as limousine rides, hair and makeup services, shoes, gift cards and accessories.

“I knew we would make it work and pull through,” said senior Jillian Rosenblum, who was among those who picked up a free dress at the event.

A number of seniors gathered for pre-prom festivities at the Blackheath Road home of Bonnie Goetz, whose son, Russell, graduated on Sunday.

“They all have grown up together at East Elementary School and this is the last school event they will all have together,” said Goetz, whose family owns the Lido Kosher Deli, which catered the event.

Rosenblum’s stepmother, Angela, said, “I remember when they were little and now they are going to college. It’s exciting and it’s the start of the next stage of their lives.”

Roughly 180 seniors also attended the Morning Madness post-prom party at Dave and Busters in Westbury. For more than 20 years, the Long Beach High School PTSA Morning Madness Committee has worked with the school district to create a safe, substance-free evening for students and their dates.

The Morning Madness Committee, co-chaired by Randi Andosca, Linda Birnbaum, Betsy Glazer, Rhonda Healy, Linda Morgenstern and Ann Marie Scandole, worked throughout the year to raise enough funds to treat all graduating seniors and their dates to an early morning post-prom party, complete with food, games, entertainment and prizes.

Through a series of fundraising events, the PTSA has paid for every high school senior to attend Morning Madness, where a brand-new car and other prizes are given away each year. Even though Sandy cancelled two of the committee’s biggest fundraisers of the year, it managed to raise enough money to hold the event.


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